(WAM) - Dubai will host the international university Solar Decathlon, an international competition by the United States Department of Energy to design smart solar-powered buildings.
This is the first time the competition will be held in the Middle East. Universities from around the world will take part in the programme that challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate energy-efficient houses.
The new achievement underlines the global position of the UAE and its leading regional role. The US Department of Energy has announced that Dubai is joining the competition in 2018 and will host the second Decathlon in 2020 in conjunction with Expo 2020.
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, and MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity And Water Authority (DEWA), and Robert Waller, US Consul General to Dubai, today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to support development efforts of the competition as a first step to start preparations for organising it in Dubai.
The MoU signing was attended by Richard King, Director of the Solar Decathlon at the US Department of Energy, Judith Baker, Political Economic Officer at the US Consulate in Dubai, Nasir Abbasi, FCS at the US Consulate in Dubai, David Duerden, Press Officer at the American Embassy in Abu Dhabi, Ahmed Buti Al Muhairbi, Secretary General of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy in Dubai, Waleed Salman, Executive Vice President for Strategy and Business Development at DEWA, Dr. Yousef Al Akraf, Executive Vice President of Business Support and Human Resources at DEWA, Khawla Al Mehairi, Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communications at DEWA, and a number of senior officials from the Supreme Council of Energy and DEWA.
"The step supports DEWA’s commitment to implement the Green Economy for Sustainable Development initiative, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and the Dubai Plan 2021. Hosting the Solar Decathlon is also a practical implementation of the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 to diversify energy sources and increase the percentage of renewable energy in Dubai’s energy mix to 15% by 2030," said Al Tayer.
"This new achievement enhances the UAE competitiveness in line with the UAE Vision 2021 to make the UAE one of the best countries in the world by 2021. It supports Dubai’s efforts to adopt creativity and innovation as a future approach, and develop the skills of young people. It is a continuation of Dubai's green growth approach, which was embodied by the World Green Economy Summit organised in Dubai, and highlighted the Emirate’s efforts and commitment to its goals to become a global hub for Green Economy.
"The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is a shining example of Dubai’s green economy approach and will increase its capacity to 3,000MW by 2030 and include a research and development centre, and a solar testing facility," he added.
"President Obama’s Climate Action Plan calls on the United States to work with other nations to lead the world to a cleaner, more prosperous future. By working together with partners like Dubai, we can increase global energy security and confront the challenges of a changing climate," said Waller.
"Building on successful international Solar Decathlons in Europe, China and Latin America and the Caribbean, the US Energy Department looks forward to Solar Decathlon Middle East supporting a new generation of engineers, architects, and energy entrepreneurs in the Gulf Cooperation Council region while driving clean energy innovation and sustainable development worldwide," he added.
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