The United Arab Emirates’ Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA) has begun selling power from the 100MW run-of-the-river Sorang hydropower project in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. At full capacity, it can supply emissions-free electricity to 500,000 homes.

“We are keen to participate in meeting India’s growing energy needs through the completion of this project which provides cost-efficient power and helps develop renewable energy sources," said His Excellency Saeed Mubarak Al-Hajeri, TAQA Chairman. "Sorang is our third major project to be completed this year, with two other projects set for completion by the end of 2015."

The Sorang hydropower project is powered by the Sorang Khad River which originates in the Himalayas. The facility started supplying power to northern India on 31 October 2015.

Al-Hajeri added: "I would like to congratulate our team in India for safely completing this very challenging project in difficult terrain. This has been achieved largely thanks to a disciplined approach to project execution as well as the strong partnerships we have built with the local community and government."

TAQA is an international energy and water company listed in Abu Dhabi operating in 11 countries across four continents.