Noor Abu Dhabi, has successfully completed its second year of commercial operations.
The world’s largest single-site solar project, Noor Abu Dhabi began commercial operations in April 2019. Located at Sweihan in Abu Dhabi, it covers an area of 8 kilometres and features 3.2 million solar panels. Noor in Arabic means light, and the project produces approximately 1.2 GW of power that can cover the demand of 90,000 people. The project enables increased production of renewable energy and reduces reliance on the use of natural gas for electricity generation resulting in a carbon footprint reduction of 1 million metric tons per year, which is equivalent to taking 200,000 cars off the road.
Its 1,400 waterless robotic cleaning systems travel 800km twice daily across the solar panels to ensure they perform at the optimum level.
Since its operations began two years ago, Noor Abu Dhabi has been providing reliable and safe supply of sustainable renewable energy by harnessing the latest technologies. This is evident in its implementation of a cutting-edge clean system based on a detailed feasibility study.
The 1.2-gigawatt power plant has more than 3.3 million solar panels in a single site, reflecting the progress made in the UAE to address the rising energy demand.
“Noor Abu Dhabi is a trailblazer in many regards, particularly as it was one of the first initiatives in the UAE to contribute to the UAE Energy Strategy 2050. The plant has established itself as a model for offering a competitive and reliable supply of renewable energy.” said Abdulla Salem Al Kayoumi, The chief executive officer of Sweihan PV Power Company PJSC.