Abu Dhabi, UAE [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Masdar has officially connected a 10-megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant to Abu Dhabi’s grid, marking the integration of the largest PV plant in the Middle East to the grid. The plant will provide clean energy to the temporary Masdar site administration facilities, and power the ongoing construction activities of Masdar City.
In addition, the plant will supply all the energy needs of The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, a graduate-level scientific institution dedicated to renewable energy study, which opens in late 2009.
The 10 MW plant, consisting of 87,777 panels (50% thin film and 50% crystalline silicon) is projected to generate 17,500 MWh of clean energy each year. With the construction costing US $50 million the plant is also one of the most cost-efficient PV installations in the world in terms of its projected power output, Masdar said.
To read more about the renewable energy plans for Masdar City, read Edward Milford’s piece, Masdar City: A Source of Inspiration, which was published in Renewable Energy World Magazine in April.