The 2GW Al Dhafra solar PV plant in Abu Dhabi was inaugurated on 16 November, just two weeks before the UAE hosts the Cop28 climate talks. Al Dhafra is the largest operational solar PV plant in the region, and brings total Emirati renewables capacity up to 5.91GW – level with Israel as the regional leader (MEES, 17 November) – with more under development.
Al Dhafra was developed by Abu Dhabi firms Taqa (40%) and Masdar (20%) alongside France’s EDF Renewables (20%) and China’s Jinko Power (20%). The plant already made a minor contribution to the grid in 2022, and this will have increased ahead of the inauguration (MEES, 17 February). (CONTINUED - 142 WORDS)