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Qatar’s Al Kharsaah Solar Plant To Lead Middle East’s Fight Against Carbon Emission

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Qatar’s fight against climate change and efforts to bring down carbon emission have reached a milestone with the signing of agreements on Sunday for building the QR1.7bn, 800MW Al Kharsaah Large Scale Solar PV Power Plant.

The proposed plant, during its life span, is expected to reduce 26mn tonnes carbon dioxide aligning with the objectives of the National Programme for Conservation and Energy Efficiency (Tarsheed) by Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa). Tarsheed is on a mission to reduce 1mn tonne of carbon emissions annually until 2022.

“The plant will generate about eight times the quantum of solar energy that Qatar had pledged to build, helping the 2022 FIFA World Cup become a carbon-neutral event,” HE the Minister of State for Energy Affairs and Qatar Petroleum president and CEO Saad Sherida al-Kaabi told a press conference after the signing of the agreements.

He explained the project is part of Qatar’s policy to diversify energy production and increase reliance on the efficiency of renewable energy, the cornerstone for a sustainable future for the generations to come.

The project is also part of efforts to conserve energy and protect the environment in a manner that strikes a balance between the needs of the current generation and that of the future generations as stipulated by Qatar National Vision 2030, he added.

Kahramaa president Essa bin Hilal al-Kuwari said the Corporation decided to go forward with a utility-scale solar power plant as it will help Qatar bring down carbon emission.

Marubeni Corporation president and CEO Masumi Kakinoki said his company is proud to help Qatar realise a decarbonised society. “We are targeting an approximately 20% increase in the ratio of power generated by renewable energy sources in our net power supply by 2023,” he said.

Represented by Tarsheed, Kaharamaa is active in green missions by launching a slew of initiatives including electric vehicles and introducing energy-efficient devices.

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