Qatar to build one of the world's largest solar power plants

The plant will provide around 10% of the country’s peak electricity demands

Qatar to build one of the world's largest solar power plants

Qatar is set to build one of the world’s largest solar power plants.

The solar plant, which will cover over 1,000 hectares of land in Al Kharsaah, will provide around 10 percent of the country’s peak electricity demands once fully functional.

It is expected to become operational next year, with an initial capacity of 350 megawatt-peak (MWp), before increasing to 800 MWp in April 2022.

The solar plant will use 2 million bifacial solar modules with trackers, and over the lifetime of the project it should reduce CO2 emissions in Qatar by 26 million tonnes.

In total, the project will cost QR1.7 billion ($467 million), and is part of efforts to deliver the first carbon-neutral World Cup in November 2022.

Federico Addiechi, head of FIFA sustainability & diversity, said of Qatar’s plans, "Developing and promoting local and regional low-carbon projects to offset the unavoidable emissions of the tournament will also leave a positive legacy for continued climate action after the final whistle in December 2022.”

The news comes after Qatar confirmed the match schedule last month, with the final set to take place on December 18, 2022.

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