Qatar to invest up to 20 billion in solar energy

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Qatar said the power generated by solar energy would mainly power its desalination plants, which are currently gas fuelled. The plant construction was expected to be completed by 2018.

“It will be developed in a concession format, there’ll be blocks,” he said.

Once the plant is up and running, the share of renewables in Qatar’s electricity generation energy mix will rise to 16 percent from zero at present.

Attiya did not provide an exact figure on how much carbon dioxide the solar plant would displace but said it would be significant.

Qatar’s current power generation was 7,000 megawatts and consumption around 5,000 MW, with an annual growth rate of more than 10 percent, he said, although that was expected to slow.

“There’s a projection that growth will drop to 5-6 percent,” he said.

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