Qatar Inaugurates 800 MW Solar Plant to Supply Green Power to World Cup

Oct 19, 2022 10:34 AM ET
  • The solar power project has actually been functional because June and also it has a green energy generation capacity of 800 MW.
  • It will certainly assist supply Qatar's 10 per cent of power needs and avoid 26 million tons of co2 exhaust.

Qatar's first solar energy plant has been inaugurated by Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar. The following FIFA football World Cup will certainly be organised in the Arab nation. The organisers of the World Cup have informed that the newly inaugurated solar energy project will provide clean energy for the football-match stadiums.

Saad Sherida al-Kaabi, the Energy Minister of Qatar and President of QatarEnergy, notified in a press conference that the solar energy farm that lies at al-Kharsaah, 80-km west of resources city Doha, is just one of the greatest in the center East area.

The solar energy project has actually been functional given that June as well as has a green energy generation capability of 800 MW. The solar project could be expanded even more in coming years. The solar project can supply upto 10 percent of Qatar's power supply. It will certainly additionally aid the nation to avoid 26 million lots of co2 exhausts. It has 1.8 million solar modules placed on trackers.

The solar project was launched in 2016 through a collaboration with TotalEnergies of France as well as Marubeni of Japan as Qatar gets bullish for renewable sources of energy. Both business very own 40 per cent of it while Siraj Energy will have 60 percent share in the project. The farm is being run by a consortium called 'Siraj 1 SPV' had by all three business. Currently, Qatar is one of the greatest producers of liquified gas on the planet.

Qatar government said that the project is built at a price of $467 million covering a location of over 10 sq kilometres. The World Cup organisers held that the sizable solar plant will aid the Gulf country host the very first 'net zero' World Cup. This claim is not yet verified by the Qatari Government.

The renewable push in Qatar has actually been slow compared with other nations in the area, primarily UAE and Saudi Arabia. Recently Qatar decided to include 5-GW of solar energy capability by 2035. In the line of the policy, it introduced two sizable solar projects last August that will certainly take energy generated from renewable sources to almost double in the coming couple of years.

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