Masdar, a UAE statMasdar Launches 2GW Al Dhafra Solar project in Abu Dhabi

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Masdar Launches 2 Gigawatt Solar Project Al Dhafra

Masdar, a UAE state-owned renewable energy developer, inaugurates the impressive 2 Gigawatt Solar Project Al Dhafra in Abu Dhabi.

Ambitious Venture with Bi-Facial Solar Modules

Equipped with approximately four million bi-facial solar modules, this project is a collaborative effort. The collaboration is with the Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC), initiated through a power purchase agreement (PPA) in 2020.

Boosting UAE’s Solar Capacity

Considered the world’s largest single-site solar PV plant, the Al Dhafra project significantly elevates the UAE’s solar energy production to 3.2GW upon integration into the country’s portfolio.

Joint Efforts and Rapid Construction

Masdar, along with partners such as Abu Dhabi National Energy Company, EDF Renewables, and JinkoPower, spearheaded the construction, installing solar modules at an impressive pace of 10MW daily.

Innovative Contributions and Global Expansion

Noteworthy contributions from Solar Module Super League member Trina Solar and tracker manufacturer Arctech enhanced project efficiency and durability. Masdar’s expansion includes the inauguration of the Cirata floating solar PV (FPV) plant in Indonesia.

Future Plans and Partnerships

An MOU between Masdar and PLN paves the way for Cirata phase II, while the development of the 1.1GW Al Henakiyah Solar Plant in Saudi Arabia, alongside EDF Renewables and Nesma Company, signals significant progress in Saudi Arabia’s solar ambitions.

Milestones and Commitment

Expected to finalize financial aspects by late 2024 and commence operations in 2025, the Al Henakiyah project signifies a pivotal milestone in the region’s renewable energy landscape. Additionally, EWEC offers opportunities for solar PV projects in the Al Khazna area of Abu Dhabi.

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