Abu Dhabi officially launched the construction of what will be known as the world's largest independent solar power plant, and quite fittingly, it will be named Noor Abu Dhabi, which means "The light of Abu Dhabi."
The plant is capable of producing 1.17 MW of electricity, enough to power more than 200,000 homes, and will cost a total of AED3.2 billion. The Abu Dhabi Electric and Water Authority (ADEWA) along with a consortium of Japan's Marubeni Corp and China's JinkoSolar Holding will together build and operate the new plant — a contact that has already been signed — and will go into operation from the second quarter of 2019.
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Currently, the title of the world's largest solar power plant is being held by Kamuthi, Tamil Nadu, India — which opened last year and produces 648 MW. "This is an important occasion for Abu Dhabi's development, and is represented by the launching of the world's largest independent solar power plant," Abdullah Musleh Al Ahbabi, Chairman of ADWEA, said.
According to a WAM report, the launch of Noor Abu Dhabi happened on Wednesday amidst the presence of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and
Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. The location of the plant will be in Suwaihan, 120km south-east of the capital Abu Dhabi.
It will be 60 percent owned by ADWEA and the government of Abu Dhabi, and 40 percent by the international consortium. The world, in general, is now seeing a conscious shift in using renewable energy. so much so that even Syrian refugees living at the Azraq refugee camp in Jordan now have access to electricity – thanks to this world's first solar plant in a refugee camp.