UAE launches world's largest solar power plant

Abu Dhabi (UAE) claims the title of owner of the world's largest solar energy project - Noor Abu Dhabi. Upon reaching full capacity, the country will receive an additional 1, 177 gigawatts of electricity, which will exceed the figure for the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park in Dubai.

The solar power plant is located in the city of Shveihan, about 100 km from Abu Dhabi. It was created by the Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC), Japan's Marubeni Corporation and Shanghai-based JinkoSolar, the world's largest manufacturer of solar panels.

According to the media office in Abu Dhabi, the project has the potential to provide electricity to 90, 000 people while reducing CO 2 emissions by one million metric tons, which is equivalent to "canceling" emissions from 200, 000 vehicles.

At the time of submission of applications for participation in the project, it was estimated at 871 million US dollars with the guarantee of the most competitive tariff in the world - 2.42 cents per kWh.

According to leading energy experts in the UAE, Noor Abu Dhabi's record is unlikely to last long. The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park is expected to reach 1, 000 megawatts by 2020 and 5, 000 megawatts by 2030.