Dubai, the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates, has announced plans for what will be the world’s largest solar plant. By 2020, it is expected to meet a quarter of the city’s national energy needs, and outpace the U.S. in terms of renewable energy generation.
It’s part of the city’s overall plan to be 75-percent renewable by 2050. That’s a big deal in a region with abundant oil supplies and plenty of money. But it’s also forward thinking: the project they’ve chosen makes a lot of sense in the region too—and has the capacity to deliver energy long after any oil supplies would ever run out.