Why is Abu Dhabi Investing in Solar Energy?

One of the key take-a-ways from a vist to Abu Dhabi is how seriously the emirate is taking solar (and other renewable) energy. It’s common sense really – take advantage of oil and gas while they last and build tomorrow’s infrastructure today. The UAE has a goal to produce 7% of their energy from renewables by 2020 – that’s far ahead of the United States if you take away hydroelectric. Why would a country as rich in natural gas and oil bother to invest in solar?

I had a quick chat with Greentech Media’s Scott Burger on why a country like the UAE would be taking such a proactive stance on renewable energy and what the United States stands to learn from their example.

Ed Note: Travel expenses for the Author and TriplePundit were provided by Masdar.

Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of TriplePundit.com

TriplePundit.com has since grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place.

Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He was instrumental in the creation of TreeHugger.com, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years as well as an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.