Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince has inaugurated a 103.5 MW wind power project on Sir Bani Yas Island. The UAE Wind Program, developed by Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company PJSC – Masdar, will power more than 23,000 homes and displace 120,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually. The project spans four locations and marks a new era in adding utility-scale wind power to the UAE’s energy mix.
UAE’s commitment to sustainability
His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan highlighted the UAE’s commitment to sustainability and preserving the environment, which was engrained as a way of life by the late Sheikh Zayed. The founding father understood the vital importance of sustainability as a key driver of progress and an integral part of human history. The UAE is continuing Sheikh Zayed’s work, driven by the same spirit of determination, with the delivery of large-scale renewable energy projects and efforts to accelerate the adoption of renewable energy and lead on climate action.
Masdar’s role in pioneering renewable energy
His Excellency Dr Sultan Al Jaber, Chairman of Masdar, said the UAE Wind Program is a great source of national pride and a demonstration of Masdar’s ability to pioneer and implement innovations in wind and renewable energy technologies. As the UAE’s clean energy powerhouse, Masdar supports the nation’s vision as a global leader in sustainability and climate action. For a viable energy transition, the world must triple renewable energy capacity by 2030 to meet the Paris Agreement goals.
UAE’s ground-breaking achievements in renewable energy
The UAE has long acted as an energy leader in the region, developing innovative solutions to further advance the energy transition. The country is well prepared to host COP28 following its ground-breaking achievements in developing different sources of renewable energy. These supply tens of thousands of homes with clean power, have created numerous jobs, and are helping to cut emissions.
The UAE Wind Program marks a significant step forward in Abu Dhabi’s efforts to develop alternative energy sources. By introducing cost-effective, large-scale, utility wind power to the UAE’s electricity grid, the project further diversifies the country’s energy mix and advances its energy transition. It underscores the UAE’s commitment to tackling climate change and prepares it to host an inclusive COP that focuses on delivering results.
Masdar is active in more than 40 countries and has invested in a portfolio of renewable energy projects with a combined capacity of more than 20 GW. Masdar is committed to achieving at least 100 GW total renewable energy capacity by 2030.