This July 1, the United Arab Emirates inaugurated the largest photovoltaic plant on Earth, the Noor Abu Dhabi. More than three million solar panels with a production capacity of almost 1.2 GW.
The huge deserts of the Arab Emirates make it an ideal place to take advantage of solar energy. In this sense, in the Arab Emirates we have begun to look for more long-term (and cleaner) alternatives.
This photovoltaic plant is composed of 3.2 million solar panels. Sufficient to supply 90,000 people, this is a source of energy to reduce carbon emissions by one million metric tons, the equivalent of taking 200,000 cars out of circulation.
In its entirety the solar plant occupies eight square kilometers. It is bigger because there is not a single solar plant, but also other spaces that occupy more space, although individually there is no plant as large as Noor Abu Dhabi at the moment.
The world’s largest single solar plant, Noor Abu Dhabi, with a production capacity of nearly 1,177 MW commences commercial operation – a major milestone for the future of #sustainablenergy pic.twitter.com/HHVMyaMXYY— المكتب الإعلامي لحكومة أبوظبي (@admediaoffice) June 29, 2019
The project has cost 870 million dollars and has been carried out by around 2,900 employees. As a result, we have also achieved a record price in energy production: 2.4 cents per kWh.
A water and electricity company of Emirates, this mega project has had the collaboration of the Government of Abu Dhabi. In addition, the consortium of Japanese companies Marubeni Corp. and China Jinko Solar Holding collaborated.
What is the United Arab Emirates pursuing with its photovoltaic plant?
This solar plant is part of a much larger project in the UAE. In 2017, this long-term energy strategy began and will be completed by 2050. The idea is to increase the contribution of clean energy to 50% in terms of consumption within the country.
The Emirates Water and Electricity Company does not have a limit to Noor Abu Dhabi, it has plans for a solar plant with a maximum production capacity of 2 GW. They also have an agreement with Saudi Arabia to build a solar plant in Mecca with a capacity of 2.6 GW. The geographical and climatological factors of the Middle.