1 July 2019 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Greenpeace Middle East and North Africa (MENA) welcomed the inauguration in Abu Dhabi of the world’s largest independent solar power plant, Noor, as a significant step in the quest of the United Arab Emirates to diversify away from oil. Julien Jreissati, Campaigner at Greenpeace MENA, declared “Noor Abu Dhabi should become the symbol of the new solar energy era in the Arabian Gulf”. The plant has a capacity of 1,117 megawatts powering about 200,000 homes and saving around 7 million tonnes of carbon emissions every year. Noor Abu Dhabi is joining the list of mega solar plants in the MENA region such as Noor Ouarzazate in Morocco and the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park in Dubai. “Yet again, the United Arab Emirates’s ambition and drive for innovation is showing the way forward” he continued. “Oil has been a tremendous vector of development in the past but it has come at a heavy price for our environment and health due to dangerous emissions; now, it is time for renewable energy to take over for a sustainable, prosperous and healthy future for the United Arab Emirates and the region” concluded Jreissati.
Dania Cherry, Greenpeace MENA communication lead: [email protected]