27 October 2008 – The Middle East’s largest solar photovoltaic manufacturing plant will be set up in Dubai’s Technopark under plans unveiled by Dubai World chairman Sultan bin Sulayem.
The construction of the plant will begin next month and production is expected to start in the last quarter of 2010. The declaration included the announcement of green building legislation in the UAE, the first of its kind in the world, which is being implemented in new buildings from the start of 2008, and the beginning of Dubai’s objective of a pioneering role in sustainable development.
Sultan bin Sulayem unveiled the plans for the one-million-square-foot photovoltaic manufacturing plant, Solar Technologies FZE. The first phase will see the production of solar panels as big as 5.7 square metres. Subsequently, Solar Technologies will establish similar plants in China, Mexico and Bulgaria.
Dilip Rahulan, Chairman and CEO, Solar Technologies FZE, said: “The energy from sunlight striking the Earth for 40 minutes is equivalent to the global energy consumption for a whole year.
“The mission of Solar Technologies is to accelerate the adoption of solar photovoltaic by rapidly expanding manufacturing capacity and significantly reducing the cost of solar modules through innovations and manufacturing excellence. We intend to become one of the largest solar photo-voltaic module manufacturing units in the world over a period of time.”