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2016-07-27. Solar plane's arrival highlights UAE's clean-energy push.

posted Jul 30, 2016, 9:43 AM by Alan Gould
By Adam Schreck, Associated Press. For GSS Energy Use chapter 10. Excerpt: United Arab Emirates...OPEC's fourth biggest oil producer...has emerged as an unlikely champion of clean energy. One way is by backing the Solar Impulse 2 solar plane, which ended its groundbreaking round-the-world flight on Tuesday in Abu Dhabi. ...Dubai, the country's cosmopolitan commercial hub, last month picked an Emirati-Spanish consortium to develop the third phase of what is slated to become the world's biggest solar park. The winning bid for the 800-megawatt phase of the project came in at an industrywide record low cost of 2.99 U.S. cents per kilowatt-hour. ...Dubai aims to generate a quarter of its power from clean-energy sources by 2030 and 75 percent by 2050. It is even looking into the feasibility of tapping geothermal energy, possibly for use in the energy-intensive desalination process the UAE uses to satisfy much of its water needs. ...Masdar is probably best known as the developer of Masdar City, a clean-energy showcase community being built near Abu Dhabi's main airport. ...It also houses the global headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency, a 144-member organization founded in 2009. Its member countries include Israel, which sends delegates to the group's meetings and hopes to open an office in the Emirates even though the countries have no formal diplomatic relations....  http://www.sfgate.com/business/technology/article/Solar-plane-s-arrival-highlights-UAE-s-8419621.php