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Abu Dhabi launches world’s largest solar power plant

Oil-rich Abu Dhabi officially opened the world's largest Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant, which cost $600 million to build and will provide electricity to 20,000 homes

Abu Dhabi launches world’s largest solar power plant
UAE officials are seen from behind a glass door as they look from a balcony at the Shams 1, Concentrated Solar power (CSP) plant, in al-Gharibiyah district on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, on March 17, 2013 during the inauguration of the facility. Oil-rich Abu Dhabi officially opened the world's largest Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant, which cost $600 million to build and will provide electricity to 20,000 homes. (AFP/Getty Images)
Abu Dhabi launches world’s largest solar power plant
A machine cleans with water a row of parabolic shape mirrors, at the Shams 1, Concentrated Solar power (CSP) plant, in al-Gharibiyah district on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, on March 17, 2013 during the inauguration of the facility. Oil-rich Abu Dhabi officially opened the world's largest Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant, which cost $600 million to build and will provide electricity to 20,000 homes. (AFP/Getty Images)
Abu Dhabi launches world’s largest solar power plant
Photographers take pictures inside the Shams 1, Concentrated Solar power (CSP) plant, in al-Gharibiyah district on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, on March 17, 2013 during the inauguration of the facility. Oil-rich Abu Dhabi officially opened the world's largest Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant, which cost $600 million to build and will provide electricity to 20,000 homes. (AFP/Getty Images)
Abu Dhabi launches world’s largest solar power plant
Journalists visit the Shams 1, Concentrated Solar power (CSP) plant, in al-Gharibiyah district on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, on March 17, 2013 during the inauguration of the facility. Oil-rich Abu Dhabi officially opened the world's largest Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant, which cost $600 million to build and will provide electricity to 20,000 homes. (AFP/Getty Images)
Abu Dhabi launches world’s largest solar power plant
An Emirati man stands on a balcony overlooking the Shams 1, Concentrated Solar power (CSP) plant, in al-Gharibiyah district on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, on March 17, 2013 during the inauguration of the facility. Oil-rich Abu Dhabi officially opened the world's largest Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant, which cost $600 million to build and will provide electricity to 20,000 homes. (AFP/Getty Images)