World’s Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant in Abu Dhabi


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It might seem ironic that the oil-rich Middle East also holds nearly half of the world’s renewable energy potential – but yesterday the President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, officially inaugurated Shams 1, the largest concentrated solar power plant (CSP) in the world. The plant was designed and developed by Shams Power Company, and it cost $600 million and took three years to build. It’s owned by Masdar, Abengoa Solar and Total.

This gargantuan power plant covers almost one square mile – the equivalent of about 285 football fields. According to Masdar, it will generate enough electricity to power 20,000 homes in the United Arab Emirates. It will also displace 175,000 tons of CO2 per year – the equivalent of planting 1.5 million trees or taking 15,000 cars off the road.

via Inhabitat