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Masdar announces it will build second solar plant

Abu Dhabi's green credentials boosted by 2nd solar plant at Al Ain

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Masdar to build second solar farm in Abu Dhabi (Getty Images)
Masdar to build second solar farm in Abu Dhabi (Getty Images)

As building continues on Abu Dhabi’s US$600 million 100-megawatt solar thermal plant, a second has been announced due for completion in 2013, Bloomberg has reported.

To be built in the city of Al Ain on the border with Oman, the 100MW photovoltaic plant could become part of a larger solar power complex in Al Ain say Bloomberg, with contracts for construction aiming to be awarded in December this year.

Masdar requires potential bidders to submit their qualification information by 17 March, and is expecting this second plant, Nour 1, to cost less than the ongoing Shams 1 thanks to gains in efficiency and the industry’s learning curve.

Despite holding the majority of the United Arab Emirates oil reserves, Abu Dhabi’s ever-increasing use of renewable energy in the form of wind and solar power is positioning it as a regional centre, including the building of Masdar City, a residential and business complex designed to be as carbon efficient as possible.

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