World’s Largest Single-site Solar Power Plant

The United Arab Emirates has inaugurated the world’s largest single-site solar power plant ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28). The 2-gigawatt Al Dhafra Solar Photovoltaic Independent Power Project (IPP) is located 35 kilometers away from Abu Dhabi city and will generate enough electricity to power almost 200,000 homes. The plant is expected to displace 2.4 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually.

The project broke records in terms of cost for utility-scale solar projects. Initially, the project led to one of the most competitive tariffs for solar power set at AED 4.97 fils/kWh (USD 1.35 cents/kWh), which upon financial close, was further improved to AED 4.85 fils/kWh (US$ 1.32 cents/kWh). The inauguration of Al Dhafra Solar PV is a key step in the UAE’s transition to clean energy. The project also aligns with the UAE’s Net Zero 2050 goal.


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