Qatar’s Utility Moves Closer to Solar Power Generation
QSTec (Qatar Solar Technologies) just signed a memorandum of understanding with Qatar Electricity and Water Company today. The agreement is a step towards implementing Qatar’s 2030 vision by incorporating more clean energy, specifically solar, within Qatar’s energy mix. Last year QSTec announced a $1 billion polysilicon manufacturing facility. Along with the country’s focus on green building and sustainable architecture, Qatar is edging towards an economy not solely dependent on fossil fuels. But Qatar still has a ways to go. It ranks high on the global carbon footprint scale, and its citizens could benefit from embracing energy efficiency--since pragmatically that would allow more of its lucrative oil and gas to be exported abroad. But steps, even tiny ones, taken are better than taking steps back. Qatar has a long road ahead before the world is convinced it is embracing sustainability, but recent efforts show this corner of the MIddle East is well on its way. Via AMEInfo Photo courtesy Leon Kaye.