The Emirates Solar Industry Association says that solar energy is competitive with natural gas already, without the need for more subsidies.
Solar panels are rapidly falling in price, making solar ever more inexpensive. It can already compete with Liquefied Natural Gas, ESIA says.
This is good news because there are looming military conflicts over natural gas fields deep under the Mediterranean, which span more than one national border.
There is a war of words between Cyprus and Turkey on undersea gas near Cyprus.
These gas field disputes could be avoided if the countries involved turned to solar energy, which the UAE group thinks is perfectly plausible and economical even now, and getting more so all the time..