World’s largest single solar plant, Noor Abu Dhabi, starts commercial ops

 The Emirates Water and Electricity Company has announced that the 1,177 MW Noor Abu Dhabi solar plant has started commercial operation.

The plant will offset Abu Dhabi’s C02 emissions by 1 million metric tons, effectively taking 200,000 cars off the roads.

With 3.2 million solar panels installed across an 8 square kilometre site, Noor Abu Dhabi is the world’s single largest solar project and will provide enough power to meet the equivalent demand of 90,000 people.

The AED3.2 billion plant, located at Sweihan in Abu Dhabi, is a joint venture between the Abu Dhabi Power Corporation and a consortium of Japan’s Marubeni Corp and China’s Jinko Solar Holding. At the time of bid submission the project attracted the world’s most competitive power tariff of 8.888 fils/kWh.

Noor Abu Dhabi is a key component of the UAE’s Energy Strategy 2050. The plan aims to increase the contribution of clean energy in the total energy mix to 50 per cent by 2050 and reduce carbon footprint of power generation by 70 per cent, state news agency Wam reported.

Thani Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, said that the project is a "valuable addition" to the renewable energy sector.

Mohammad Hassan Al Suwaidi, Chairman of EWEC said: "The completion of the project marks a significant milestone in the UAE’s Energy Strategy 2050, launched in 2017, to increase the contribution of clean energy in the total energy mix to 50 per cent by 2050 while reducing the carbon footprint of power generation by 70 per cent. This is in line with the sector’s transformation strategy by providing alternative sources of energy that can help us improve the sustainability of the water and electricity sector."

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres took a helicopter tour over the 3.2 million solar panels that form one of the world’s largest solar projects. 

 
 

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