249,700MWh of solar power added to Abu Dhabi’s electric grid in 2018
Abu Dhabi looks to expand the development of solar energy projects in a bid to support the Energy Sources Diversification Strategy
Statistics Centre Abu Dhabi (Scad) has revealed that Abu Dhabi recorded electricity production of 249,695 megawatt-hours (MWh) in 2018, which increased significantly from 17,986MWh in 2011.
According to the UAE’s state-held news agency, Wam, the report stated that 88.4% of the electricity produced from solar energy was transferred through Abu Dhabi’s electricity distribution network, 11.6% was consumed internally in Masdar City, as reported by ConstructionWeekOnline.
Abu Dhabi looks to expand the development of solar energy projects in a bid to support the Energy Sources Diversification Strategy, in line with the framework of the UAE Energy Strategy 2050 that aims at increasing the contribution of clean energy in the total energy mix from 25% to 50 by 2050, thereby reduce carbon footprint generation by 70%.
The report said that the projects are in line with Abu Dhabi’s efforts in finding renewable energy-related solutions, and the development of Masdar City, and the construction of Shams 1 solar energy plant in Al Dhafra, and the establishment of the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) headquarters.
Meanwhile, demand for electricity in Abu Dhabi reached 60,807 gigawatt-hours in 2018. Electricity demand in Abu Dhabi stood at 60.2% — the largest in the emirate — followed by Al Dhafra with 21.5%, and Al Ain with 18.3%.
According to the report, Abu Dhabi’s commercial sector consumed 49.3% of total consumption, followed by the domestic sector with 24.4%, and the industrial sector with 12.3%.
Meanwhile, the use of natural gas in 2018 was about 99.9% of the total fuel used to generate electricity.
The report, highlighted that fuel and utilities consumption dropped by 1% in 2018, compared to 2017.
Abu Dhabi is home to the 8km2 Noor Abu Dhabi solar plant.