Al Dhafra solar park in Abu Dhabi comes into operation

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Inspenet, November 25, 2023.

Abu Dhabi has marked a significant milestone in the field of renewable energy with the opening of the Al Dhafra Solar Park, the world’s largest solar energy project at a single site, with a capacity of 2 GW.

This ambitious project, led by a consortium led by Masdar and made up of partners such as the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA), EDF Renewables and JinkoPower, is located 35 km from Abu Dhabi and has almost 4 million state-of-the-art bifacial solar panels mounted on a single tracker system. axis.

These advanced panels have the capacity to generate enough clean energy to power approximately 160,000 homes, reducing annual carbon emissions by 2.4 million tons. The energy produced is purchased through the state-owned Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC). In addition to its environmental benefits, the plant has been a catalyst for economic development, generating 4,500 jobs during the peak of its construction.

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EWEC CEO Othman Al Ali has outlined ambitious plans to drive the development of 1 GW of new solar energy projects annually over the next decade in Abu Dhabi. This commitment is an integral part of a broader strategy designed to accelerate the decarbonization of power generation and position the UAE as a global leader in energy from the sun. This approach will not only contribute to economic development but also support the country’s diversification towards its goal of achieving net zero emissions.

It should be noted that the plant not only stands out for its impressive scale, but also for its efficiency and economic competitiveness.

The opening of the plant, chaired by Sheikh Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Governor of Abu Dhabi, took place ahead of the United Nations COP28, which the United Arab Emirates will host in late 2023. This project not only represents a significant achievement in renewable energy generation, but also sets a precedent and offers a perspective for future initiatives both in the region and globally.

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