Sterling and Wilson bags world’s largest solar PV plant contract in Abu Dhabi
One of the major global forces in the solar- PV space, Sterling and Wilson has bagged Turnkey Engineering Procurement and Construction along with Operation & Maintenance contract for the world’s largest single location solar PV plant in Sweihan, Emirates of Abu Dhabi. The project will deliver a capacity of 1177 MWp, easily surpassing the current largest 850 MWp single location plant in China.
The plant is spread over a desert area of 7.8 sq. km and is scheduled to be fully integrated with the grid in a record timeline of just 23 months. The project was awarded at the lowest ever recorded bid in the history of PV solar. The plant is jointly developed by Marubeni, a Japanese integrated trading and investment giant, along with Jinko, a global leader in the solar industry, and Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA). The consortium has successfully bid a tariff of USD 2.42 cents per kilowatt hour, marking the lowest cost ever for solar power.
After commissioning, the plant would save around 7 million tonnes of carbon emissions every year. To put it in perspective, 1177MWp can power around 1,95,000 homes, thus contributing to the welfare of the current as well as the future generations of the people of the UAE.
Bikesh Ogra, President – Renewable Energy, Sterling and Wilson said, “We are fully geared and very excited to be a part of this important milestone in the global solar market. The strongest contributor to this tariff is the capital expense driven by lower equipment cost and a highly efficient system design. Our unique design offerings and state-of-the-art robotics optimizes the yield and performance of the plant”
Sterling and Wilson also has to its credit >1400 MW of best performing solar power plants in various geographies with a powerhouse of more than 3000 qualified engineers, project managers and designers.