United Arab Emirates (UAE) takes the lead in going green by unveiling ‘Noor Abu Dhabi’ the largest individual solar power project in the world.
Developed by Emirate Water and Electricity Company, it just has reduced its carbon footprint by lowering its dependence on oil for powering its grid systems.
Although there are some solar parks larger than Noor Abu Dhabi but they are not run by a single company. Noor Abu Dhabi project is not state-financed; it is a joint venture between the Abu Dhabi Government and a consortium made up of China’s Jinko Solar Holding and Japan’s Marubeni Corp.
Here are some of its features:
- Noor Abu Dhabi has a peak capacity of 1.18 Gigawatts
- The solar plant is worth Abu Dhabi’s Dh3.2 billion (~$870 million)
- This Solar power project houses about 3.2 million solar panels.
- This project will generate enough energy to cover the demand of 90,000 people.
- Energy generated by this park will reduce Abu Dhabi’s CO2 emissions by 1 million metric tons which is equivalent to taking 200,000 cars off the road.
Biggest individual solar project because of its high-output
Mohammad Hassan Al Suwaidi, Chairman of EWEC while expressing the strength of this project 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%.’