The United Arab Emirates has officially unveiled the world’s largest single-site solar power plant, the Al Dhafra Solar Power Plant, located 35 kilometers from Abu Dhabi. This 2GW project, a significant stride in renewable energy, was inaugurated by Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Deputy Ruler of Abu Dhabi.
The development of this solar power plant represents a joint effort among Masdar, Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA), EDF Renewables, JinkoPower, and the Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC).
The launch of the Al Dhafra Solar Power Plant comes just days before the start of COP28, which is scheduled to begin on November 30. This conference, part of the annual series of UN climate change conferences, focuses on implementing the Paris Climate Change Agreement, with an emphasis on increasing ambition and action in this regard
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Generating enough electricity to power 200,000 homes
The Al Dhafra Solar PV plant is built over a 20-square-kilometer area and employs approximately four million bi-facial solar panels. This technology enables sunlight capture on both sides of the panels, increasing energy yield. The plant’s location, 35 kilometers from the Emirati capital, allows it to generate sufficient electricity to power 200,000 homes and is expected to reduce 2.4 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually.