The United Arab Emirates’ Government, alongside developers Masdar, TAQA, EDF Renewables and Jinko Solar have inaugurated the 2 GW Al Dhafra solar PV Independent Power Project (IPP), located south of Abu Dhabi (UAE).
Al Dhafra, currently the world’s largest single-site solar power plant, is expected to supply electricity to 200,000 Emirati households and offset emissions by about 2.4 MtCO2/year. The solar plant spans more than 20 km2 and comprises almost 4 million bi-facial solar panels.
The UAE’s solar capacity increased from 0.6 GW in 2018 to over 3 GW in 2022, representing about 7% of the country’s total installed capacity. Solar represented around 4% of power generation in 2022. The UAE Energy Plan 2050 aims at increasing the use of non-fossil energy sources to 50% of the total energy consumption, including 44% of renewables and 6% of nuclear.