Last Updated on January 2, 2024 by News Editor
Innovative renewable energy projects are quickly becoming prevalent in the Middle East. Countries in the region are investing in initiatives revolutionizing their energy landscapes. They have abundant sunlight, strong winds, and ambitious sustainability goals to achieve their goals.
Top 5 Game-Changing Renewable Energy Projects
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar
The solar park named Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the biggest solar park in the world, located in Dubai, UAE. It works under the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model. The project aims to produce 5,000 MW by 2030 and will invest AED 50 billion ($13.6 billion). Once completed, this project will lead to a significant yearly decrease of more than 6.5 million tons of carbon emissions. It is important for Dubai’s goal of using only clean energy sources for all of its energy production by 2050, which is in line with the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and the Dubai Net Zero Emissions Strategy 2050.
Al Dhafra Solar Project – Abu Dhabi, UAE
Masdar and Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) are collaborating with EDF and JinkoPower to develop the Al Dhafra Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Independent Power Producer (IPP) project. TAQA and Masdar will own 60% of the project, while EDF and JinkoPower will own 40%. The project, which is situated approximately 35 kilometers away from Abu Dhabi city, is a record-breaking one. The plant will provide power to Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC) and have a capacity of two gigawatts.
Shuaibah Two (2) Solar Facility
ACWA Power and Badeel, a subsidiary of the Saudi Public Investment Fund, signed agreements to create a large renewable energy project in the Middle East. The project, located in Al Shuaibah, Saudi Arabia, aims to provide electricity to around 350,000 households by 2025. The collaboration of ACWA Power and Badeel, known as Shuaibah Two Electrical Energy Company, is an important move towards Saudi Arabia’s aim of reaching 70% renewable energy by 2030.
Gulf of Suez Wind Power Project
A project to construct a wind farm is in the works for the Gulf of Suez and Gabal el Zeit region in Egypt. The capacity of the project will be 1.1 GW. This wind farm is the biggest one in the Middle East and among the largest onshore wind farms globally. After it’s completed, the project will reduce approximately 2.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year and supply environmentally friendly electricity to 1,080,000 households. ACWA Power projects that the project will cost around $1.5 billion and should be up and running by the end of 2026.
NEOM Green Hydrogen Project
The NEOM Green Hydrogen Project is a partnership between NEOM, Air Products, and ACWA Power. It will be the biggest hydrogen facility in the world that runs on renewable energy and is commercially based. This project aligns with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 and has a total capacity of around four gigawatts, generated from onshore solar, wind, and storage. The goal is to generate green ammonia in the form of carbon-free hydrogen, with a daily production capacity of 600 tons. The project, when in use, is predicted to decrease worldwide carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by almost 5 million metric tonnes each year. The green hydrogen plant is set to begin production in 2026 with a budget of $5 billion.
The Middle East’s dedication to clean energy transition and sustainable development is evident in these five renewable energy projects that could change the game. With continued investments and improvements in renewable technologies, the Middle East is setting a strong example for other parts of the world to follow. This is speeding up the shift to a greener, more sustainable future around the world.