Masdar's PV plant hits two-year target
Masdar: Goals achieved prove viability of PV for utilities in region
The largest photovoltaic plant in the MENA region has hit all its performance targets during its first two years in operation.
Its operator, Masdar City, has said that this achievement demonstrates the viability of utility scale PV plants in the region.
The 10 megawatt PV plant, which is one of five projects in the UAE registered for carbon credits under the United Nation's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), entered its third year of operations this month. Since operations began, the plant has saved 24,000 tons in CO2 emissions - the equivalent of taking 3,300 cars off Abu Dhabi's roads.
Consisting of 87,777 panels of thin film and crystalline silicon technologies, and connected to the Abu Dhabi National Grid, the plant has so far generated approximately 36,000MWh of clean energy. The plant is a net exporter of energy to the grid after it meets the entire energy needs of the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (M.I.S.T.) in Masdar City.
"The success of the 10MW PV plant is a good example of how Masdar integrates research, development and innovation with investment, sustainable production, and deployment," said Frank Wouters, Director, Masdar Power, one of the five integrated units of Masdar. "The utility-scale PV plant has also enabled our engineers to gain insights into ways different PV technologies respond to the region's climactic conditions.
The expertise and knowledge gained will serve as a valuable reference point for other utility-scale PV projects in the region," he added.