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Masdar Breaks Ground on Largest Solar Plant in Middle East
Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On January 21, 2009 @ 11:00 am In Renewable Energy,Solar Power,Sustainable Building | 1 Comment
Masdar , the new sustainable super-city being developed by Abu Dhabi, recently announced that it is building the largest grid-connected solar plant  in the Middle East. The 10 MW solar plant will be half thin-film and half crystalline silicon photovoltaics, with 5 MW of thin film  solar panels being provided by Arizona-based First Solar . The Masdar solar power plant is expected to reduce emissions of 15,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually and cost around $50 million.
Designed by Foster + Partners , Masdar is poised to be the world’s most sustainable city . Their masterplan envisions a dvelopment that is zero-waste, car-free, and carbon neutral. Solar power will be an essential resource for the city, as the sun will also power their Rapid Transit System .
Abu Dhabi-based Environma Power Systems  Designed and developed the new power plant, which will support ongoing construction activities in Masdar and later will provide energy for the Masdar Institute , which opens in late 2009. Any excess power from the plant will be fed into the Abu Dhabi electric grid.
First Solar ‘s thin film photovoltaics utilize Cadmium Telluride as a semiconductor, which enables them to use only 1-2% of the semiconductor material required for traditional photovoltaic panels. Manufacturing a thin film panel takes around 2.5 hours  from start to finish using First Solar’s process. The efficiency of these panels is estimated to be around 9% , and costs are expected to be below $1 per peak Watt  per module. Currently, commercial efficiencies for traditional photovoltaics are above 20%, but costs rise above $1.5 per peak Watt .
Construction for the new power plant has already begun and it is expected to start generating energy by the second quarter of 2009.
+ First Solar 
Via Reuters 
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 Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/01/21/masdar-begins-construction-on-10mw-solar-power-plant/
 Masdar: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/02/06/plans-unveiled-for-worlds-first-zero-carbon-zero-waste-city-masdar-city/
 solar plant: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/01/06/china-announces-worlds-largest-solar-plant/
 thin film: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/12/24/inhabitat-gingerbread-alpine-cabin-bridgette/
 First Solar: http://www.firstsolar.com
 Foster + Partners: http://www.fosterandpartners.com/Projects/1515/Default.aspx
 sustainable city: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/01/19/new-heden-by-kjellgren-kaminsky-architects/
 Rapid Transit System: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/05/27/masdar-personal-rapid-transit-system/
 Environma Power Systems: http://www.enviromena.com/newsDetails.aspx?pageid=234&parentID=161
 Masdar Institute: http://www.masdar.ac.ae/
 2.5 hours: http://www.firstsolar.com/product_overview.php
 9%: http://www.nrel.gov/pv/thin_film/pn_techbased_cadmium_telluride.html
 $1 per peak Watt: http://www.firstsolar.com/technology.php
 $1.5 per peak Watt: http://www.nrel.gov/pv/pv_manufacturing/cost_capacity.html
 Reuters: http://www.reuters.com/article/environmentNews/idUSTRE50E41T20090115?feedType=RSS&feedName=environmentNews
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