Dubai to spend $100m on solar for Expo 2020

Authorities in Dubai will need to spend about $100m on developing solar energy capacity ahead of the Expo 2020, according to a third-party estimate.

Speaking to Bloomberg, consultant Access Advisory said that the Gulf emirate requires about 50 additional megawatts of solar power capacity by the time the six-month event takes place.

Stephen Bontemps, managing director of Dubai-based access, said that this new target would assist Dubai in reaching its target of generating half the power needed to run the Expo from renewable resources.

Dubai secured the rights to host the World?s Fair on November 27, and is expected to attract up to 25m visitors to the event. Officials in the emirate also say that they will spend more than $8bn on new infrastructure and the 448-hectare venue, creating 277,000 jobs in the process.

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