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Abu Dhabi may add four more power plants

As part of its broader efforts to reach its target to generate 5.7 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2026, Abu Dhabi could built up to four more solar plants

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As part of its broader efforts to reach its target to generate 5.7 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2026, Abu Dhabi could  built up to four more solar plants, a senior official has revealed.

Speaking during last week’s Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, Adel Al Saeedi, acting director for privatisation at Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) said that the authority was planning to announce a big photovoltaic (pv) solar project this year.

Last year, Abu Dhabi began construction on the world’s largest solar park in Sweihan. Noor Abu Dhabi Solar plant will be built at a cost of $872mn and will generate 1,177 megawatts (MW).

Abu Dhabi revealed last week that it was planning to invite bidders for a second solar plant with the same capacity by mid-this year.

Currently, the emirate has about 110 megawatts of installed solar capacity – 100MW of which comes from the Shams 1 Concentrated Solar Plant completed in 2013, while there is also a 10MW solar photovoltaic plant within Masdar City.

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