UAE Inaugurates world’s largest solar power plant

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The President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Sunday inaugurated the Shams 1 concentrated solar energy plant in Abu Dhabi’s WesternRegion, describing it as an ‘outstanding achievement’ in terms of the UAE’s vision to diversify its economy and sources of energy.

His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and General Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces were present.

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Shams 1 is the largest concentrated solar power plant (CSP) in operation in the world. Connected to the electricity transmission grid, it will produce 100 MW of power, sufficient to provide clean energy to around 20,000 homes.

Located in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi, the 100-megawatt, grid connected power plant will generate clean energy to power 20,000 homes in the UAE.

“Expanding our leadership into renewable sources of power demonstrates the commitment of the United Arab Emirates to maintaining its position as a major provider of energy,” the President said.

“The inauguration of Shams 1 is a major milestone in our country’s economic diversification and a step toward long-term energy security”, he added.

The Western Region of Abu Dhabi is the centre of the country’s hydrocarbons industry and represents the roots of its Bedouin heritage. Today, with the addition of Shams 1, the region is evolving. Alongside oil fields, renewable energy and peaceful nuclear power is being developed to support the country’s long-term energy requirements.

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