Paris COP21, climate change and decarbonisation

As world leaders look at their climate policies in Paris, GCC nations should do the same, writes Nasser Saidi


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Moroccan solar plant to bring energy to a million people

A giant plant using energy from the Sun to power a Moroccan city at night will open next month.

The solar thermal plant at Ouarzazate will harness the Sun’s warmth to melt salt, which will hold its heat to power a steam turbine in the evening.

The first phase will generate for three hours after dark; the last stage aims to supply power 20 hours a day.

It is part of Morocco’s pledge to get 42% of its electricity generation from renewables by 2020.

The UN has praised Morocco for the level of its ambition. The UK, a much richer country, is aiming for 30% by the same date.


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Turkey announces new renewable energy subsidies as targets raised

Turkey has announced a series of new subsidies to support renewable energy equipment production, as it raises its renewable energy targets.

Renewable energy turbine and generator manufacturing, as well as wind energy production, will be considered “priority investment area” by the Turkish government in order to provide state subsidies, the government stated in the Official Gazette on Nov. 19.

Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci said state incentives for renewable energy equipment manufacturing would also be supported through VAT exemptions, other tax exemptions, and non-rate subsidies.


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Dewa picks leading contenders for Dubai solar park project

Dewa has whittled down the list of companies to build the third phase of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park.

Only 18 companies remain in the fray for the prequalification round from the 95 that were interested in bidding for the 800 megawatts, sources said.

“They want to make sure that whomever enters, that they’re up to par. The criteria was very high and stringent, so not everyone is qualified,” the source said.

The solar park was slated to reach 3,000MW of total capacity by 2030, but the Dubai Government announced on Sunday that it would increase it to 5,000MW.


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Dubai Ruler wants solar panels on every roof by 2030

Dubai will invest billions of dollars in clean energy as part of a strategy that could see solar panels on the roofs of all buildings in the city by 2030.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, yesterday launched the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, which aims to make the emirate a global centre of green energy and economy.

While inaugurating the second phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai, he revealed plans for a new free zone called the Dubai Green Zone.

The zone would be aimed at attracting research and development centres and emerging companies in clean energy.


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Policy and finance for renewables gain focus

Influential policy figures and business leaders from across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) will gather to address and accelerate the region’s renewable energy deployment in Dubai next week.

The fourth MENA Clean Energy Forum takes place on 8th December, at a time of renewed urgency for the regional clean energy industry. Renewable energy continues to be cited as the most important element of the fight against climate change, as well as representing a vast commercial opportunity as clean technologies begin to reach grid parity with fossil fuels.

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