Noor Abu Dhabi, the world’s largest stand-alone operational solar photovoltaic (PV) plant located in Abu Dhabi’s Sweihan region, has announced the successful completion of its second year of commercial operations.
It is being operated by Sweihan PV Power Company, which is majority-owned by Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (Taqa) with a 60 per cent stake along with Marubeni Corporation and Jinko Solar who have 20 per cent shares each in the entity.
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 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 km twice daily across the solar panels to ensure they perform at the optimum level, said the company in a statement.
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 sq km 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.
Sweihan PV Power Company CEO Abdulla Salem Al Kayoumi 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," he stated.
"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 added.-TradeArabia News Service