NewEnergyNews: RFK, JR, TAKES SOLAR TO THE MID-EAST

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    Friday, June 13, 2014

    RFK, JR, TAKES SOLAR TO THE MID-EAST

    Qatar sheds light on its solar-power future; Gas-rich Gulf state opens its 'state-of-the-art' solar panel facility.

    Robert Kennedy, 8 June 2014 (AlJazeera)

    “Qatar has unveiled a first-of-its-kind solar-panel factory…[T]he largest solar-power producer in the region [has] the ability to generate 300mw of energy a year…[T]he Qatar Solar Energy company also announced a three-phase plan to eventually produce 2.5gw of solar energy annually…While Qatar - the largest exporter of liquid natural gas in the world - is unlikely to trade fossil-fuel production for solar anytime soon…Qatar's government plans to convert two percent of its power output to renewable sources by 2020…The development of solar power has taken off in recent years around the world, but particularly in the Middle East…Over the past decade, investment in solar energy has soared, with $5bn spent in 2003 leaping to $93bn today…Neighbouring Saudi Arabia has announced plans to produce 41gw of solar energy capacity to fuel its domestic needs by 2032, and has begun building massive solar power plants…It is the largest proposed solar target in the world…” click here for more

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