Dubai Solar Project Will Diversify Energy Sources

Dubai's solar energy project (located at the rear of the model) was unveiled today.

Dubai has launched a $3.27 billion solar energy project that is expected to be online by 2013. Dubai, a net importer of energy, is initiating the project as part of an initiative to diversify away from its dependence on oil and to reduce its carbon footprint. Under an energy plan introduced last year  Under the plan, Dubai plans to generate 71% of its electricity by gas, 12% by coal, 12% by nuclear power, and 5% by solar energy. The 1000 megawatt solar park will occupy a space of 48 square kilometers.