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Abu Dhabi to generate 50% power from green sources by 2030 

The Al Dhafra solar PV project. Ewec plans to increase Abu Dhabi’s solar production capacity to 7.6 GW by 2030 Ewec/X
The Al Dhafra solar PV project. Ewec plans to increase Abu Dhabi’s solar production capacity to 7.6 GW by 2030

Abu Dhabi plans to generate more than half of its electricity from renewable and clean energy by 2030, a senior Emirates Water and Electricity Company (Ewec) official has said.

The state-owned entity is increasing the emirate’s solar energy production plan to 7.6 gigawatts (GW) by 2030, the UAE state-run Wam news agency reported, quoting CEO Othman Juma Al Ali.

Major solar photovoltaic (PV) projects contributing to the new target include the Al Khazna and Al Ajban plants, as well as the Noor Abu Dhabi and Al Dhafra solar facilities.  

Ewec this week announced plans to seek developers to build a 1,500-megawatt Khazna solar PV plant. 

The project is pivotal for advancing Ewec’s plans to enhance PV solar energy capabilities from 2027 to 2037, the CEO said.

Additionally, Ewec is progressing on three power stations, scheduled for completion between 2028 and 2029.

Al Ali said there was an urgent need for an additional 5 gigawatts of gas capacity to support the integration of renewable energy projects and provide flexibility during peak energy demand.  

Discussions with relevant government authorities are underway to designate new energy production complexes, complementing existing thermal power plants in Shuweihat, Al Mirfa, Sas Al Nakhl, Al Taweelah, and Fujairah.

Ewec has invested in low-carbon reverse osmosis projects, aiming to produce over 92 percent of water through reverse osmosis desalination plants by 2031, the CEO said.

The state entity owns multiple stations, including Al Taweelah (200 million gallons), Al Mirfa (30 million gallons), and Fujairah (90 million gallons), with addittional stations under construction, such as Port 2 (120 million gallons), Shuweihat (70 million gallons) and Saadiyat (60 million gallons).

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