Qatar is blessed, and cursed, with its bounty of natural gas and oil. But it is also rich in sunlight, which had long been wasted--until now. Companies like GreenGulf are developing solar technologies that could make the 2022 World Cup a masterful showcase. And with oil and gas more valuable on world markets--not to mention the pressing issue that these are finite resources--it makes more pragmatic sense for Qatar to export these resources rather than consume them voraciously at home. Economic growth within the Gulf, in fact, will require seven percent more energy annually this decade. Clean energy can help bridge that gap.

According to Omran al-Kuwari, a bevy of solar applications could find home in Qatar. GreenGulf is working with Chevron Qatar on a Solar Test Facility (STF) at the Qatar Foundation’s Qatar Science and Technology Park. In addition, rooftop solar systems and solar-fueled air conditioning are systems that could be both fine-tuned and scaled in Qatar.

For now these are big “if’s.” Qatar and other countries in the Middle East are often criticized for proving plenty of talk but little action. While much of the criticism is unfair, the onus is on the Qatari government to show that it is serious about tackling problems like climate volatility and laying the foundation for a more diversified economy.

Via Bonnie James and Gulf Times.

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he is a business writer and consultant. His work is has also appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He's pictured here in Qatar, one of the Middle East countries in which he takes a keen interest because of its transformation into a post-oil economy. Other areas of interest include sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (@LeonKaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). As of October 2013, he now lives and works in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.