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Dubai triples renewable energy target to 15% by 2030

Dubai triples renewable energy target to 15% by 2030
April 20, 2015 Jan Georgopoulos

Dubai targets 15% of its energy to come from renewables by 2030 [1] [2] with 7% within the next 5 years. The announcement was made during the World Future Energy Summit 2015 earlier this year.

Dubai Triples Renewable Energy Target

Although Dubai and the UAE have traditionally been known for their oil generating energy capacity the renewables sector is gaining momentum. Solar energy is planned to be 1% by 2020 and 5% by 2030 of the Emirate’s energy mix [3]. Factors favouring solar are likely to be:

  • 350 sunny days per year.
  • 80% cost reduction of solar photovoltaics since 2008.
  • Further cost reduction of solar photovoltaics.

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) announced earlier this year that:

  • The output of a planned 100MW solar park will be doubled to 200MW [4].
  • A bid was to be released for a 500MW photovoltaic (PV) project.
  • An investment of $3 billion is underway to increase the capacity of the country’s largest solar park from 1 GW to 3 GW by 2030 [5].


Dubai is a global city and one of the seven emirates of UAE. An increasing % of the Emirate’s energy mix in renewables and solar energy appears to be underway and may set the example for increased solar capacity in the Middle East.


[1] DEWA increases percentage of renewables in energy mix targets to 7% by 2020 and 15% by 2030, (Last accessed 17/04/2015).

[2] Dubai triples renewable energy target to 15% by 2030, (Last accessed 17/04/2015).

[3] State of Energy Report Dubai 2014, (Last accessed 17/04/2015).

[4] Dewa’s green energy plans a major draw at WFES ’15, (Last accessed 17/04/2015).

[5] Dubai Will Invest $3 Billion To Boost Solar Power Project Capacity To 3 GW, (Last accessed 17/04/2015).


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