Shams 1 inaugurated
Middle East's biggest renewables project officially opened
Masdar has officially opened its Shams 1 concentrated solar power project, bringing on line the region’s biggest renewable energy project. The scheme, located in Abu Dhabi’s Western Region near Madinat Zayed, has a 100 MW capacity, and is being cited as a hugely important step in the region’s push into renewable energy.
The scheme is owned by Masdar (60%), Total (20%) and Spain’s Abengoa Solar (20%), with the CEO’s of all three companies expected to be attendance at the inauguration ceremony.
Masdar has emphasised that the scheme has demonstrated that renewable energy is commercially viable on a large-scale, and in one of the most arid climates on the planet.