Shams 1 will be completed by the end of this year and is expected to be officially inagurated in the first quarter of 2013, renewable energy and sustainable technology enterprise Masdar has announced.
Yousuf Al Ali, general manager of Shams Power Company, told Gulf News: “Shams 1 is the largest concentrated solar power project in the world. Developing a project of this scale is a significant achievement for Abu Dhabi, Masdar and its partners, Total and Abengoa.” he said.
Al Ali added that the project indicates a strategic move in the direction of renewable energy. “Shams 1 reinforces Abu Dhabi’s commitment to investing and deploying renewable energy both locally and internationally,” he said.
Abdul Aziz Al Obaidli, Emirati Mechanical/Process Engineer of the Shams 1 project, points out the huge solar panels at the site in Madinat Zayed on a media tour on Thursday. The Dh2 billion project, the first of its kind in the Middle East, is scheduled to open next year and will generate enough energy to power 20,000 homes. Shams 1 will directly contribute to Abu Dhabi’s target of achieving seven per cent renewable power generation by 2020.
Work on the project started in the third quarter of 2010 at an approximate cost of Dh2 billion with the stated purpose of generating enough energy to power 20,000 homes.
Al Ali had earlier told Gulf News that Shams 1 will be in the top solar projects on a global scale. “Once completed, Shams 1 will be one of the largest concentrated solar power