The photovoltaic plant was inaugurated Sunday at Masdar City by Sheikh Diab bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA).
The 212,000 square meter (55 acre) solar system is comprised of 87,777 photovoltaic modules and will produce 17,500 MWh of clean energy each year that will be used in the initial construction activities of Masdar City.
Enviromena CEO Sami Khoreibi commented “This represents a major milestone in the development of Masdar City and Abu Dhabi’s decision to achieve a 7% renewable energy target by 2020.”
Enviromena Vice President Sander Trestain, who managed the construction and startup of the solar power system, commented “This facility proves that utility scale grid connected renewable energy projects are feasible in Abu Dhabi and the wider region.”
Masdar City, is planned to be the world’s first carbon neutral, zero waste city fully powered by renewable energy. The city’s development is part of the Masdar Initiative, a multi-faceted Abu Dhabi initiative wholly owned by the Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala) to advance the development, commercialization, and deployment of renewable energy.