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.