Renewable energy projects
The majority of renewable energy projects in the Emirate are developed as part of the Masdar initiative established in 2005.
The most recently completed Masdar project is Shams 1 – a 100MW development which is one of the world’s largest concentrated solar power (CSP) projects and the first of its kind in the Middle East. The project covers an area of 2.5 km² with a solar field which consists of 768 parabolic trough collectors. The project reached financial close in 2011 and achieved Commercial Operation in Sept 2013.
Masdar City Solar Power 10 MW photovoltaic Plant is one of the very first renewable energy projects which has entered its 5th year of operations in June 2013. It is also one of five projects in the UAE registered for carbon credits under the United Nations Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). The plant is a net exporter of energy to the grid to which it supplies power after meeting the energy needs of the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MIST) complex.
The Masdar initiative has also developed a pilot solar rooftop programme which was launched in collaboration with the Bureau in 2011 to test the effectiveness of rooftop photovoltaic (PV) cells in Abu Dhabi Emirate through installation of more than 2 MW of solar PV cells on eleven Government-owned buildings connected to ADDC network in Abu Dhabi and completed in 2012. This pilot project has enabled stakeholders to develop a greater understanding of a number of important factors, including operational performance, actual generation output, and operation and maintenance costs applicable specifically in Abu Dhabi – invaluable information in considering a wider roll-out programme in due course.
In terms of near term further developments, Noor 1 100 MW photovoltaic (PV) solar power plant is currently under final consideration. The Plant will consist of two PV sub-fields: the first one will comprise around 50 MW of crystalline PV modules and the second one around 50 MW thin film modules and extends over an area of 3km² east of Al Ain city with annual production forecast of 170GWH
The renewable programme continues with Masdar-led developments focusing on additional PV and CSP installations, the potential of a 30MW wind farm plus extensive R&D and pilot project into solar desalination technologies which, in the context of Abu Dhabi, is extremely relevant to the overall low carbon outlook to meeting the continued and increasing demand for power and water.