UAE climate change minister: 2GW solar plant planned in Abu Dhabi

Al Dhafra project will 'eclipse the record-breaking' Noor Abu Dhabi solar plant that started commercial ops in 2019

HE Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi.
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HE Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi.

The UAE’s Minister of Climate Change and Environment, HE Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, said that Abu Dhabi — home to the world’s largest single solar power project, Noor Abu Dhabi — would soon receive a 2GW solar power plant that will be built in the capital’ s Al Dhafra region.

The minister made the announcement at the Abu Dhabi Climate Meeting, the precursor to the upcoming UN Climate Action Summit in New York this September.

“This [new solar plant] will eclipse the record-breaking 1GW Noor Abu Dhabi plant,” the minister said, according to UAE news agency, Wam.

The news comes after commercial operations began on Noor Abu Dhabi, an $871.2m (AED3.2bn) 1,177MW single solar power plant built by a joint venture of Abu Dhabi Power Corporation and a consortium of Japan's Marubeni Corp and China's Jinko Solar Holding. 

Noor Abu Dhabi has been built as part of the UAE’s Energy Strategy 2050, launched in 2017 to increase the contribution of clean energy in the country's total energy mix to 50% by 2050 while reducing the carbon footprint of power generation by 70%.

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