The beginning of commercial operations at the 1,177megawatt Noor Abu Dhabi solar plant set the tone for the recent United Nations Climate Meeting held in the Emirate.
The announcement that the world’s largest solar project was up and running was made on the eve of a two-day event that welcomed 1,000 guests to the UAE capital.
The Dh3.2billion plant, based at Sweihan, stretches across an eight square km site, and comprises 3.2million solar panels.
Once at capacity it is estimated the facility will offset one million metric tons of C02 emissions – the equivalent of taking 200,000 cars off the road – and serve 90,000 people.
Mohammad Hassan Al Suwaidi, Chairman of Emirates Water And Electricity Company, said the opening of the plant is another step towards achieving long-term targets.
"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%.
“This is in line with the sector’s transformation strategy by providing alternative sources of energy that can help us improve the sustainability of the water and electricity sector."