Dubai raises share of renewable energy sources to 14% by end 2022

DEWA: Total energy production capacity reached 14.1 gigawatts
Dubai raises share of renewable energy sources to 14% by end 2022

Dubai will raise the share of clean energy production capacity in its energy mix to 14 percent from the current 11.5 percent by the end of 2022, as part of the emirate’s efforts to achieve its sustainability goals.

This was announced by Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), in a statement carried by the Emirates News Agency.

Al Tayer said: “We will continue to work on implementing pioneering projects to diversify sources of energy production, including the various clean and renewable energy sources and technologies available in Dubai, to achieve the vision of the wise leadership for a brighter and more sustainable future for our future generations.”

Dubai aims to generate 25 percent of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2030 and 100 percent by 2050 as part of its clean energy goal.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority is building the world’s largest solar energy complex in the Dubai desert in an effort to reduce dependence on natural gas and diversify energy sources.

DEWA stated that the total production capacity of energy reached 14.11 gigawatts, including 1.62 gigawatts of renewable energy, after it added 700 megawatts.

This includes 600 megawatts of the natural gas-fired Hassyan power complex and 100 megawatts of photovoltaic solar panels in the fifth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

The current production capacity of the Hassyan Power Complex is 1.8 GW, using the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model. Another 600 megawatts will be added in 2023, bringing the project’s capacity to 2.4 gigawatts.

Hassyan Power Complex adds to the Jebel Ali Power Plant and Desalination Complex. The total production capacity of the Jebel Ali facility is 9.54 gigawatts of electricity.

The UAE has embraced the energy transition by taking a leading position in new fuels such as green and blue hydrogen as it looks to tap into the growing market for low-carbon fuels.

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