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The United Arab Emirates bet on alternative energy
“We do not want to and we cannot be 100 per cent dependant on oil. We have an economic development programme in an entirely new sector focused on clean and renewable sources of energy and environmentally sustainable technology.”

pannelli solari in iraq Bathed in sunshine. The words reported are Sultan al-Jaber’s, chief executive of Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, the government body of the United Arab Emirates which has lately launched a revolutionary development programme to generate alternative energy in the wealthy Gulf State. The programme will cost about 350 million US dollars and should be completed by 2009 when a power plant, consisting of a huge number of solar panels, will be able to generate 500 megawatt of alternative energy. This initiative is quite meaningful since it comes from one of those countries whose fortune has been made with black gold. In a recent interview to Al- Jazeera, al-Jaber has foreseen 10,000 houses enjoying  solar-powered electricity in the near future. Moreover, the power plant will start the setting up of a special zone for the alternative-energy industry.

un militare di guardia a un pozzo petrolifero A change of course. Significantly the initiative comes from Abu Dhabi which is the richest in oil among the seven members of United Arab Emirates as it holds the 90 per cent of the oil reserves of the whole country. This is a clue to understand a new policy which goes beyond the mere installation of solar panels. Oil has been feeding the international economic market for many years now, but it is not eternal, consequently many countries are getting ready for new, clean and renewable sources of energy. While in Iraq and elsewhere people still die because of the worldwide struggle to control and exploit energy resources, the Emirates are bucking the trend of  international market and letting the world hope in a radical change of course in the economic policy of the powerful Gulf States.