Applaud New Solar Energy Initiative

Target: Sheikh Mohammed, Ruler of Dubai

Goal: Praise plan to generate 50 percent of total energy from renewable sources by 2030.

Solar energy panels will be required on every rooftop by the year 2030, as part of Dubai’s recently announced clean energy plan. The billion dollar plan aims to gather seven percent of the city’s energy from renewable sources by the year 2020, increasing to 25 percent in 2030. By the year 2050, ruler Sheikh Mohammed plans to have the city running on 75 percent renewable energy, giving Dubai the smallest carbon footprint of any city of its size in the world.

Several clean energy initiatives have received funding under the plan, including the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. Upon its completion in 2030, it is on track to be largest solar farm in the world and will generate 5,000 megawatts of electricity. In contrast, the current largest solar farm is located in California, and has a capacity of just under 600 megawatts. The plan is also setting aside a $27 billion Green Energy Fund, which will provide low-interest loans to businesses that invest in the clean energy sector.

Currently, the United Arab Emirates is one of the world’s largest energy consumers, with skyscrapers, indoor ski parks, and extravagant outdoor lighted fountains. Not only will this initiative help offset this consumption, but it will set a precedent for other major world cities to follow. Sign the petition below to applaud Dubai’s groundbreaking and ambitious plan and encourage leaders to do everything in their power to ensure that these goals are met.


Dear Sheikh Mohammed,

Dubai has recently announced a plan that will see seven percent of its energy gathered from renewable sources by 2020, increasing to 50 percent by 2030 and finally 75 percent by 2050. The plan includes the construction of a massive 5,000 megawatt solar farm and will provide $27 billion in low-interest loans to businesses and investors looking to expand into the clean energy sector. The initiative will also require that all buildings install solar panels by the year 2030.

If successful, the plan will reduce Dubai’s carbon footprint to the smallest of any city of its size. It will not only offset the United Arab Emirates’ massive consumption of energy, but will set an example for other major world cities to follow. We, the undersigned, praise your ambitious plan and ask that you do everything possible to ensure that your goals are met.


[Your Name Here]

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