2 June 2009 – The Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) has inaugurated Masdar’s 10 MW solar power plant, marking the integration of the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in the Middle East to the Abu Dhabi municipal grid.
The state-of-the-art PV plant will generate 10 MW of clean electricity, which is an annual carbon saving of 15 000 tonnes – the equivalent of taking 3300 cars off Abu Dhabi’s roads each year.
The plant will provide clean energy to the temporary Masdar site administration facilities, and power ongoing construction activities of Masdar City. In addition, it will supply all the energy needs of The Masdar Institute of Science Technology, a graduate-level scientific institution dedicated to renewable energy study, which opens later this year.
“Masdar’s 10 MW solar power plant is a testament to our leadership’s dedication to the advancement of renewable energy. The connection of this plant marks an important milestone in the development of Masdar City and in our emirate’s history,” said Dr Sultan Al Jaber, CEO of Masdar.
“This is just the first delivery of the rich potential of solar energy and we will continue to deliver clean sources of energy to Abu Dhabi and beyond.”
The connection of the plant to Abu Dhabi’s electrical grid was a joint effort by Masdar, Abu Dhabi Distribution Company and the emirate’s regulatory body, the Regulation and Supervision Bureau.