Solar power

Solar power is the conversion of sunlight into electricity, either directly using photovoltaics (PV), or indirectly using concentrated solar power (CSP). Concentrated solar power systems use lenses or mirrors and tracking systems to focus a large area of sunlight into a small beam. Photovoltaics convert light into an electric current using the photovoltaic effect.

The International Energy Agency projected in 2014 that under its "high renewables" scenario, by 2050, solar photovoltaics and concentrated solar power would contribute about 16 and 11 percent, respectively, of the worldwide electricity consumption, and solar would be the world's largest source of electricity. Most solar installations would be in China and India.

Photovoltaics were initially solely used as a source of electricity for small and medium-sized applications, from the calculator powered by a single solar cell to remote homes powered by an off-grid rooftop PV system. As the cost of solar electricity has fallen, the number of grid-connected solar PV systems has grown into the millions and utility-scale solar power stations with hundreds of megawatts are being built. Solar PV is rapidly becoming an inexpensive, low-carbon technology to harness renewable energy from the Sun.

Latest News for: Solar power emirates


In the UAE desert, a mysterious beacon looms large. Experts say it could help Australia ...

Australian Broadcasting Corporation 10 Dec 2023
This solar thermal plant in the United Arab Emirates could harness enough of the Sun's rays to power a city the size of Brisbane for a year but being able to run one in Australia could prove difficult ... ....

Sharjah’s SNOC explores green hydrogen production in net-zero push

The National 09 Dec 2023
Sharjah hit by power cut after technical fault at gas plant ... In October, the SNOC and Emerge Company, the joint venture between France’s EDF Group and Masdar, signed an agreement to build the emirate’s largest solar power station. This solar plant, which is expected to be operational by the end of 2024, will have a capacity of 60 megawatts....

Saudi Arabia focuses on emissions from wind and solar over oil

Politico 07 Dec 2023
Oil-rich Saudi Arabia is urging nations to take action on what it suggests is a growing threat to the Earth’s climate — wind and solar power ... Analyses of electricity from solar panels, ... Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Solar Energy, Solar Power, Wind Power, United Arab Emirates, Wind Energy....

Sail GP, Aggreko install largest temporary solar power array

GDN Online 05 Dec 2023
As SailGP, the exciting racing on water takes place during the COP28 climate conference in Dubai, the sporting event will showcase the largest use of temporary solar power in line with the global conference’s call for sustainability ... With the combination of solar and battery ......

China a doer in advancing global climate governance

People Daily 02 Dec 2023
The 28th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, or COP28, kicked off in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates on Nov. 30 ... Recently, the Al Dhafra PV2 Solar Power Plant in the United Arab Emirates, which was contracted by a Chinese company, has been completed ... (Web editor. Zhang Kaiwei, Hongyu). ....

Why the UAE is a trailblazer in sustainability

Gulf News 01 Dec 2023
In Abu Dhabi, green energy now meets 80 per cent of the emirate’s total power demand, the Emirates Water and Electricity Company said in March, including renewable and clean sources such as solar and nuclear, that represents 6.2 GW of 7.7-GW total system power demand....

Abu Dhabi Energy Outlook 2050 launches as Cop28 begins

The National 30 Nov 2023
Earlier this month, the emirate opened the two-gigawatt Al Dhafra solar power plant, one of the world's largest solar projects ... “To achieve this kind of collective socio-economic change and climate action, at the emirate and national level, we have to bring everyone along with us.” Mega solar power plant is inaugurated in Abu Dhabi....

China becomes world's top clean energy consumer, equipment manufacturer: official

ECNS 30 Nov 2023
The construction of the Al Dhafra PV2 Solar Power Plant in the United Arab Emirates, built under contract by a Chinese company, has been fully completed. China has undertaken other clean energy projects, such as the Sachal wind power project in Pakistan, the Noor III solar-thermal ......

Morning Report — What’s Newsom up to?

The Hill 22 Nov 2023
Editor’s note ... To subscribe, click here or fill out the box below ... 28 ... This year the United Arab Emirates, the world’s fifth-largest oil producer, is hosting the COP28 climate talks — a fact that has drawn the anger of many activists (The New York Times) ... The United Arab Emirates, host of COP28, is building solar projects that could power a small city....

The many contrasts of oil-rich UAE, host of the global climate talks

The Washington Post 21 Nov 2023
The United Arab Emirates, host of COP28, is building solar projects that could power a small city. It is also producing oil like never before ... ....

EWEC commissions 2 GW solar plant in Abu Dhabi

PV Magazine 20 Nov 2023
Abu Dhabi government officials last week inaugurated the 2 GW Dhafra Solar Photovoltaic Independent Power Project, located roughly 35 kilometers from United Arab Emirates’ capital ... Abu Dhabi officials inaugurated the 2 GW the 2 GW Dhafra Solar Photovoltaic Independent Power Project in the Emirate’s west on Wednesday....