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Aldar selects US firm for Yas solar project

Suntech to provide panels for Formula 1 location

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A view of Suntech's City of Santa Barbara Solar System, in California.
A view of Suntech's City of Santa Barbara Solar System, in California.

Aldar Properties has chosen US firm Suntech Power Holdings to supply 1,120 solar panels for a 292kW system to help power The Shams Tower, part of Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit.

Enviromena, which is based in the UAE capital, will design and install the solar system for developer Aldar.

"We commend Aldar and the Yas Marina Circuit management for incorporating Abu Dhabi's sustainable vision into the course design," said Nader Jandaghi, Suntech's Director of Middle East Sales.

"They have shown motorsport enthusiasts worldwide that racing excellence can also contribute to a cleaner tomorrow. Suntech looks forward to continuing to collaborate with highly experienced partners such as Aldar and Enviromena to bring solar to the UAE."

The Shams Tower’s 2,500 square metre solar array will provide 450MW/h annually, and is expected to save 400 tonnes of greenhouse gases annually.

This is the second high profile project in the Middle East that Suntech has participated in. Earlier this year, Suntech supplied 5MW of solar panels for a 10MW solar system to power Masdar City.

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