A Qatar-based renewable energy company, Qatar Solar Energy (QSE), has announced the launch of the largest facility for the development and manufacture of solar energy panels in the Middle East and North Africa.
QSE’s innovative model combines the operations of research, technological development, manufacturing, project development and installation all under one roof. “There is an integrated production line, starting with the raw materials all the way to the consumer,” claimed Abbassi, “which allows the company to pursue continuous innovation as well as the integration of the latest technologies in its products.
While Qatar – the largest exporter of liquid natural gas in the world – is unlikely to trade fossil-fuel production for solar anytime soon, the time had come to focus on renewable energy. Qatar’s government plans to convert two percent of its power output to renewable sources by 2020.
The development of solar power has taken off in recent years around the world, but particularly in the Middle East, where a day rarely goes by without long periods of the sun beating down on the desert sands.
Over the past decade, investment in solar energy has soared, with $5bn spent in 2003 leaping to $93bn today, according to the Solar GCC Alliance.
Neighbouring Saudi Arabia has announced plans to produce 41gw of solar energy capacity to fuel its domestic needs by 2032, and has begun building massive solar power plants throughout the country. It is the largest proposed solar target in the world, however, it remains to be seen when production will commence.