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The Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC) announced that Noor Abu Dhabi, the world’s largest single solar project with a capacity of 1,177MW, has started commercial operations.
According to state news agency WAM, the project will enable the emirate of Abu Dhabi to boost its production of renewable energy and reduce the use of natural gas in electricity generation, lowering Abu Dhabi’s carbon dioxide emissions by 1 million metric tonnes per year, the equivalent of removing 200,000 cars off the roads.
Featuring 3.2 million solar panels, the plant is installed across an 8 sq km site and provides enough capacity to cover the energy demands of over 90,000 people.
Speaking on the launch, Mohammad Hassan Al Suwaidi, chairman of EWEC said: “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%.”
Located at Sweihan in Abu Dhabi, the AED 3.2 billion solar plant is a joint venture between the Abu Dhabi Government and a consortium of Japan’s Marubeni Corp and China’s Jinko Solar Holding.
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