The Global View

Qatar goes for world’s biggest solar complex

city.jpgIf there was a world championship bout for ‘the next builder of the world’s biggest solar complex’, the belt would be changing hands every week. The current contender for the honour is Dubai, according to Reuters, which could see up to 3,500 watts of capacity added by 2013.

Qatar expects to add 16,260 megawatts of power to the national grid between 2011 to 2036, almost four times current capacity of 4,200 megawatts, the magazine said, citing Salah Hamza, senior business development planner at Qatar General Electricity & Water Corp (Kahramaa).”You can have up to 500 MW in one place,” he said. “Then you will need about seven sites because the total capacity needed at that time is 3,500 MW,” he said adding that solar capacity could increase to 4,500 megawatts by 2036.

Perhaps it’s time for a head-to-head with Abu Dhabi?