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Masdar kicks off 2GW single-site solar project in UAE

Updated: Dec 4, 2023

Masdar has inaugurated a 2GW single-site solar in UAE, the largest one in the country.

The project kicked off in Abu Dhabi city just ahead of the UAE hosting the biggest global climate conference COP28. The Al Dhafra Solar PV was built in a single phase. The project covers more than 20 square kilometres of desert.

It has been informed that the project has been developed in partnership with Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA), EDF Renewables and JinkoPower, together with procurer Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC).

TAQA will have stake of 40% of the project, Masdar owns 20% while EDF Renewables and Jinko Power have a 20% stake each, as per the local reports.

As per the reports, the plant is likely to supply power to EWEC under a PPA and will raise Abu Dhabi's solar power production capacity to 3.2GW. The solar plant is able to generate enough to address power needs of around 200,000 homes. It means that the project will displace 2.4 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually.

According to the local authorities, the project uses almost 4 million solar panels consisting of innovative bi-facial technology.

Chairman of Masdar Sultan Al Jaber was quoted in a statement, "Al Dhafra is part of a long and proud history of energy innovation, made possible thanks to the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE. This world-leading solar project demonstrates remarkable progress in solar power efficiency, innovation and cost competitiveness - setting a new record-low tariff.”

Furthermore, he urged the countries to deliver the energy transition by tripling renewables capacity and doubling energy efficiency by 2030.


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