The United Arab Emirates has a knack for building the biggest and largest of everything. It’s home to the tallest building in the world and the world’s largest mall. Abu Dhabi, the oil-rich emirate, is now also host to a project that’s actually meant to reduce its reliance on oil for power generation. It has launched the world’s largest individual solar power project.
Noor Abu Dhabi, the solar power plant, is now being run by the Emirate Water and Electricity Company. It happens to be the largest individual solar power project in the world. It has a peak capacity of 1.18 gigawatts, almost double the 569MW capacity of Solar Star, the biggest solar power facility in the United States.
The company mentions that the 3.2 million solar panels in Noor Abu Dhabi will produce enough energy to cater to 90,000 people. It’s also going to reduce CO2 emissions by 1 million metric tonnes. The emirate points out that this is the equivalent of taking 200,000 cars off the road.
The United Arab Emirates won’t be reducing its reliance on oil anytime soon. It’s still one of the key suppliers globally but this project is a step in the right direction, nonetheless, as the world needs to step up its use of renewable energy sources in order to reduce the need to burn fossil fuels for electricity.