The Noor Abu Dhabi venture with a limit of 1,177MW is the most significant operational single site solar powered undertaking on the planet. It’s imperative to make the refinement between this and a ‘solar park’. These are regions of land ear-marked for solar and often with fast to-go grid connections. Here various projects will be worked under a similar flag, yet created and financed separately.
The Noor Abu Dhabi venture, which isn’t state-financed is crafted by a consortium that incorporates Abu Dhabi Power Corporation, Japan’s Marubeni Corp and Chinese solar manufacturer Jinko Solar.
The $870 million undertaking was the consequence of a competitive tender process that will see power from the site offered to the Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC) for around 2.4 pennies per kWh, a record at the season of the sale and a record for any finished solar project. It was built by the Indian firm Sterling and Wilson with about 3000 individuals chipping away at the site during the pinnacle of activity.
“Noor Abu Dhabi will generate renewable energy and will enable us to improve the use of our natural resources,” said Othman Jumaa Al Ali, CEO, EWEC. “The fact that a project of such scale has been successfully completed on time and on budget highlights our commitment to ensuring sustainable energy for the future, and it is a true testament of the Emirate’s delivery capabilities to execute world-class energy projects.”
Records in the solar industry have a propensity for falling quick. With a 2GW task put out to tender by EWEC prior this year, this one probably won’t move far by any means.
A system understanding is set up for 2.6GW of solar power in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. With financial stability, growing demand for electricity, lots of space and even more sunshine, the Arabian Gulf may well hold onto this record for a while.