Abu Dhabi targets renewable growth with giant solar plant

The emirate of Abu Dhabi has a target to produce 7 per cent of its power from renewables by 2020 and the country’s power utility Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (Adwea) is to make a significant contribution to that aim.

Adwea plans to build a 350 MW solar power plant, two sources told Arab News website on Tuesday, its first renewable project.
The utility is aiming to select a developer by mid-2016 for the project at Sweihan, east of Abu Dhabi, the sources said.

Adwea’s possesses 11 gas-fired, independent water and power projects (IWPPs), but has had no other aspect of power generation to its credit to date.

The developer will take a 40 per cent stake in the greenfield project with 60 per cent held by Adwea, the source said.

 The emirate is also building nuclear power plants, with its first reactor scheduled for commissioning in 2017.

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