Wuxi, China [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd. announced it has supplied 5 megawatts (MW) of solar panels for a 10-MW solar electricity system that is set to help power Masdar City, the world’s first carbon neutral city being built in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
“We are delighted to collaborate with Masdar, a wholly owned company of the government of Abu Dhabi through the Mubadala Development Company, and Enviromena on the development of this landmark solar project in the Middle East,” said Dr. Zhengrong Shi, Suntech’s chairman and CEO. “This 10-MW system is expected to generate over 17 million kilowatt-hours per year and reduce carbon emissions by over 15,000 metric tons annually.”
With a total investment of approximately US $15 billion, Masdar City will take eight years to build and be home to 50,000 people and 1,500 businesses. The city, which will cover 6.5 square kilometers, will be primarily powered by solar energy and employ a broad range of innovative energy efficient technologies including electric travel pods, waste and water recycling, natural ventilation and shading. Masdar City’s 10-MW solar farm will provide power for the construction and eventual operations of parts of Masdar City.
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