Abu Dhabhi will now hold the distinction of hosting the world's largest single-site solar power plant, a feat it has achieved ahead of the UAE hosting the UN climate change conference, COP28.
The Al Dhafra solar farm, . It is a 2-gigawatt (GW) facility situated 22 miles (35 km) from Abu Dhabi and was inaugurated on November 17. The plant is jointly owned by clean energy firm Masdar, Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA), EDF Renewables from France, and JinkoPower from China, as well as electricity procurer Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC).
The plant is outfitted with almost 4 million bi-facial solar panels and is estimated to provide enough power to power nearly 200,000 households while displacing 2.4 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually. "This world-leading solar project demonstrates remarkable progress in solar power efficiency, innovation, and cost competitiveness - setting a new record-low tariff," said Sultan Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, Chairman of Masdar and COP28 President-Designate, in a.