- The Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC) has announced that the 1177 MW Noor Abu Dhabi solar plant has started commercial operation.
- The plant, located in Sweihan, features more than 3.2 million panels installed across its 8km2 site and will supply 90000 people with power.
- It is the world’s largest single solar power project.
The Dh3.2 billion (US 871 million) solar plant is a joint venture between the Abu Dhabi Government and a consortium of Japan’s Marubeni Corp and China’s Jinko Solar Holding. The Noor Abu Dhabi broke another record at the time of bid submission, attracting the world’s most competitive tariff of 8.888 fils/kWh (2.42 US cents per kWh)
Commenting on the plant’s completion, chairman of Ewec, Mohammad Hassan Al Suwaidi, 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% by 2050 while reducing the carbon footprint of power generation by 70%.”
Chief operating officer at the power business division of Marubeni Corp, Yoshiaki Yokota, said that the company had delivered the project “within budget and on schedule”.
Author: GBA News Desk
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