Abu Dhabi’s massive 1.1 GW solar project is officially completed and underway, but the emirate has no roof, now announcing a new 2 GW power plant.

Noor Abu Dhabi plant to sell produced energy for 2.4 cents per kWh


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Ribbon cutting for Noor Abu Dhabi, the largest solar project ever built in the world for a single operating site. With 3.2 million photovoltaic modules and with a total installed capacity of 1,177 MW, the Middle Eastern giant is now officially in service.

The project, with an investment of $ 870 million, is the work of a consortium that includes Abu Dhabi Power Corporation, Japanese Marubeni Corp and Chinese solar power producer Jinko Solar. In 2017, the three companies won the EWEC Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC) auction with what was, at the time, the lowest energy sales bid in the industry – just 2.4 cents per kWh, a royalty. period of 25 years. The installation is capable of meet the electrical needs of 90,000 people, avoiding the emission of one million tonnes of CO2 per year, which is equivalent to taking 200,000 cars off the road.

“The completion of the project marks an important step in the UAE’s energy strategy for 2050, launched in 2017, – commented Hassan Al Suwaidi, President of EWEC – to increase the contribution of clean energy to the total energy mix of 50 % by 2050 and reduce the carbon footprint of energy production by 70%.

But the emirate is ready to reactivate now. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, announced a new commitment unprecedented since the holding of the Abu Dhabi climate meeting. “I am very happy to announce a new 2 gigawatt solar project in the Al Dhafra area of ​​Abu Dhabi which will eclipse the gigantic Noor Abu Dhabi projectThe official said, but did not go further.