Masdar and EDF will install an 8.2 MW solar power plant on the roofs of SeaWorld Abu Dhabi

July 7 (Renewables Now) — A joint venture by renewable energy developer Masdar and French utility EDF (EPA: EDF) will install an 8.2 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant on the rooftops of SeaWorld Abu Dhabi theme park currently under construction on one of the most popular islands in the UAE.

Emerge, set up by the two energy majors to work on solar projects in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, has been contracted to design, build, operate and maintain solar systems on the rooftops of the mega life development navy on Yas Island.

The solar developer will implement the project on behalf of Abu Dhabi-based Miral, which is developing the theme park.

“This project demonstrates Abu Dhabi’s commitment to finding innovative ways to achieve its clean energy goals and increase the use of renewable energy,” said Masdar Managing Director Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi.

According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), rooftop solar could provide around 6% of the UAE’s total electricity generation by 2030.

When completed in 2022, SeaWorld Abu Dhabi is expected to house the world’s largest marine aquarium, housing more than 68,000 marine animals including sharks, schools of fish, manta rays and sea turtles. Next to the aquarium and theme park, a search and rescue center is being built to serve as a center for advanced knowledge of the Gulf’s native ecosystems and marine life.

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