Abu Dhabi starts operations at world’s largest solar plant

The Dhs3.2bn project is expected to generate 1,177 MW of energy



Abu Dhabi’s Department of Energy has begun operations at the world’s largest independent solar power plant, Noor Abu Dubai.

The DoE announced the start of work on Tuesday at the Dhs3.2bn ($871,000) project that was built by the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) and a consortium of Japan’s Marubeni Corp and China’s JinkoSolar.

The plant is expected to generate 1,177 megawatts of energy, double the capacity of the 550 MW Desert Sunlight Solar Farm in California, US, the current world’s largest solar plant.

The start of operations is a boost to the UAE’s Energy Strategy 2050, which was launched in 2017 and aims to increase the contribution of clean energy in the total energy mix from 25 per cent to 50 per cent by 2050, while reducing carbon footprint of power generation by 70 per cent.

In December, the Dubai Electricity Water and Authority (DEWA) announced that construction on the fourth phase of its Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai had begun.

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DEWA said that the Dhs50bn ($13.6bn) energy park will generate a total of 5,000 megawatts by 2030, and features the world’s tallest solar tower that rises 260 metres above ground. It will also have the largest thermal energy storage capacity of 15 hours, enabling round-the-clock energy generation.