“This inauguration underscores the important role renewable energy can play to drive comprehensive sustainable development in Africa,” said Sheikh Saeed. “This project would not have been possible without the strong support of His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
“The UAE’s policy of aiding developing countries was first established by the late founding father Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may his soul rest in peace),” added Sheikh Saeed. “Today, we continue to carry out his vision and legacy, and this solar power plant is a testament to our strong bilateral relationship with Mauritania and our commitment to helping create a more sustainable future.” This statement was made as Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, delivered the Sheikh Zayed Solar Power Plant in the capital city of Nouakchott. The largest solar PV plant in Africa, the AED 117.5 million (US$31.99 million) facility accounts for 10 percent of Mauritania’s energy capacity and will displace approximately 21,225 tons of carbon dioxide annually.