Masdar and its Partners Inaugurates World's Largest Single-Site Solar Power Plant
Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company PJSC – Masdar, and its partners Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA), EDF Renewables and JinkoPower, together with procurer Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC), have inaugurated the world's largest single-site solar power plant ahead of the UAE hosting the UN climate change conference, COP28.
November 18, 2023. By News Bureau
The 2GW Al Dhafra Solar PV project was inaugurated by HH Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Ruler of Abu Dhabi and in the presence of HH Lt. General Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior.
Located 35 kilometers from Abu Dhabi city, the landmark solar plant was built in a single phase and generates enough electricity to power almost 200,000 homes, displacing 2.4 million tonnes of carbon emissions every year. Al Dhafra Solar PV spans more than 20 square kilometers of desert and created 4,500 jobs during the peak of the construction phase.
It uses almost 4 million solar panels which deploy innovative bi-facial technology, ensuring sunlight is captured on both sides of the panels to maximize yield.
In less than fifteen years, the UAE has become a global leader in solar energy. In 2009, Masdar switched on the country's first solar project at 10MW - today, Al Dhafra Solar PV represents a plant that is 200 times that size.
As the countdown to COP28 in the UAE begins, this mega project initially achieved the world's lowest tariff at financial close, and demonstrates the country's longstanding commitment to decarbonization, at home and around the world.
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