Masdar's Shams 1 Solar Plant

Last Modified: Wed Mar 16 2016 09:45:40 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 7%
    of total power generated will be via renewable energy - goal of Abu Dhabi's Energy Program. Shams 1 directly contributes toward this goal.
  • 100 MW
    installed capacity of the plant which uses Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) technology.
  • 20,000
    homes are powered by the electricity generated by the plant.
  • 17-Mar-2013
    Day the plant became operational.
  • 175,000 tons
    Reduction in CO2 emissions per year, which is equivalent to planting 1.5 million trees or removing 15,000 cars from Abu Dhabi’s roads.
  • 258,048
    Number of parabolic trough mirrors that the plant contains, besides 192 solar collector assembly loops with 8 solar collector assemblies per loop, 768 solar collector assembly units, and 27,648 absorber pipes.
  • 2.5 sq.km
    Approximate area covered by the facility that hosts the plant.
  • $600 million
    The construction cost of Shams 1. The project is financed by 10 regional and international lenders including BNP Paribas, the National Bank of Abu Dhabi and Société Générale.
  • 3
    Developers of the project. Shams Power Company, a special purpose vehicle of Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) in cooperation with Spain's Abengoa Solar and France's Total S.A. Masdar has 60% in the project while Abengoa Solar and Total S.A. each have 20%.