A solar plant in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. All might feel awful in the world— and for the most part , it is —but there are still glimmers of hope. Today, that hope comes in the form of cheap-ass solar energy. Abu Dhabi Power Corporation, the public utility for the capital of the United Arab Emirates, announced Tuesday it had accepted a bid to build what will be both the cheapest and largest solar plant on the planet. The utility is planning to build the Al Dhafra Solar PV project by mid-2022. And it’s planning to work with a group of bidders that include a pair of French and Chinese companies to do it at a record low cost of 1.35 cents per kilowatt-hour. Through this project, the country will be able to power roughly 160,000 households with clean and affordable energy. Clean energy has been suffering amid the coronavirus pandemic. In the U.S., at least 106,000 people have lost their jobs in the sector—which includes energy efficiency, renewable energy, and electric vehicles—since of the economic downturn began. But this is a welcome bit of good news and could help renewables build momentum, especially after the pandemic passes. […]

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