Noor Abu Dhabi completes second year of commercial operations

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  • One of the first initiatives in the country to contribute to the ambitious energy goals set by the UAE Energy Strategy 2050
  • More than 3.3 million solar panels supply electricity in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, UAE: Noor Abu Dhabi, the world’s largest stand-alone operational solar photovoltaic (PV) plant located in Abu Dhabi’s Sweihan region, announced the successful completion of its second year of commercial operations. The 1.2-gigawatt power plant has more than 3.3 million of solar panels in a single site, reflecting the progress made in the UAE to address the rising energy demand.

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. Its 1,400 waterless robotic cleaning systems travel 800 kilometers twice daily across the solar panels to ensure they perform at the optimum level. 

In addition, the company adopted GPS controlled robots for the installation of the foundation structures to hold the panels, increasing the installation rate, reaching a point of 26,000 panels being installed in one day during peak construction.

The plant began commercial operations on April 30, 2019, supplying Abu Dhabi with enough clean energy to power 90,000 individuals through a long-term power purchase agreement with the Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC). The facility spans over 8 square kilometres using a unique design, enabling greater production capacity. Despite the challenges brought about by COVID-19, Noor Abu Dhabi has continued to operate reliably and efficiently at maximum capacity.

The Noor Abu Dhabi plant is operated by Sweihan PV Power Company, which is part Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA), owning 60 per cent with Marubeni Corporation and Jinko Solar holding shares of 20 per cent each. 

Abdulla Salem Al Kayoumi, CEO of Sweihan PV Power Company PJSC, said: “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.”

“Through the dedication and hard work of our employees, we have completed over one million of safe man hours since the plant began operations,” he concluded.

About Noor Abu Dhabi: 

Noor Abu Dhabi is the world’s largest stand-alone operational solar plant, located in Abu Dhabi, Sweihan, with a total capacity of 1.2 GW and boasting more than 3.3 million solar panels in one site. Owned and operated by Sweihan PV Power Company (SPPC), the plant began its commercial operations on April 30, 2019, supplying Abu Dhabi with clean energy through a long-term power purchase agreement with the Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC).