Emirates Solar Industry Association launched

ESIA inaugural meeting held in Abu Dhabi to discuss UAE's solar future

The UAE solar industry has untapped potential.
The UAE solar industry has untapped potential.

The inaugural meeting of the Emirates Solar Industry Association (ESIA) concluded that while solar energy is a hot topic at the moment, a lot needs to be done to realise the full potential of the industry in the UAE.

“Currently more than 70 solar companies have set up in the UAE,” said Enviromena Power Systems CEO Sami Khoreibi. “The UAE has all the elements for developing a successful solar power industry,” said Karel De Winter from Alsa Solar Systems.

However, participants agreed that a number of key steps need to be taken in order to kick-start this industry, namely: introducing regulation and frameworks, establishing the necessary government body to organise the industry and offering incentives for the private sector to partake in the development of the industry.

The successful breakfast meeting attracted close to a 100 attendees. It was held at the Yas Island Rotana in Abu Dhabi in early January and moderated by Jon Nash from Vinson & Elkins. The panel also comprised Masdar Power director Frank Wouters and Petroleum Institute of Abu Dhabi associate professor Dr Lisa Lamont.

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