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The technical tour will take place the day before the joint conference begins. 


Technical tour to Shams-1 Site

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Date: Sunday October 29th from 8 am to 4 pm.

Cost: USD 75 (including transportation and lunch)


08:00 am: Departure from Jumeirah Towers Hotel

10:00 am: Arrival to Shams-1 Site

10:15 am: Start of the technical tour

12:00 pm: End of the technical tour

12:00 pm: Lunch at Western Hotel (Madinat Zayed)

02:00 pm: Departure to Abu Dhabi

04:00 pm: Arrival to Jumeirah Towers Hotel

Short description of the site

Located in western Abu Dhabi, Shams 1 is the largest renewable energy project in operation in the Middle East. It occupies 2.5 square kilometers and has a capacity of 100 megawatts. The solar field has 768 parabolic trough collectors to generate clean, renewable electricity.

Shams 1 directly contributes toward Abu Dhabi’s target of 7 percent power-generation capacity via renewable energy by the year 2020. The plant also is helping the United Arab Emirates diversify its energy mix and reduce the country’s carbon footprint. Shams 1 is one of several projects in Masdar’s domestic portfolio. For more information, visit:

Quick facts

  • Facility area: 2.5 square kilometers
  • Equipment: 768 parabolic trough collectors
  • Installed capacity: 100 megawatts
  • Powers more than 20,000 UAE homes
  • Emission reductions: 175,000 tons annually
  • Operational date: March 17, 2013

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