Renewable Agency applauds U.A.E. solar launch
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) welcomed the activation of the world’s largest operational Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) facility to date, as the Middle East turns to clean energy to fuel future growth.
The Shams 1 thermosolar plant – in the desert of Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates – adds 100 megawatts (MW) of sustainable, renewable electricity to the national grid, which otherwise consumes fossil fuels.
The USD 600m, 2.5 square kilometre plant was designed and developed by Shams Power Company, a joint venture of UAE renewable energy company Masdar (60 per cent), France’s Total (20 per cent) and Spain’s Abengoa Solar (20 per cent). Inaugurated on Sunday, 17 March, it will produce enough energy to power 20,000 homes.