State utility Ewec has started up a world beating solar plant and announced an even bigger one as Abu Dhabi looks to cut dependence on gas-fired capacity.

Abu Dhabi’s power generating capacity remains comfortably ahead of peak demand (see chart 1). But the emirate is nevertheless rapidly developing renewable capacity as it looks to cut its reliance on gas.

The latest element of this strategy saw Ewec on 29 June begin commercial operations at a 1.18GW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant at...