Dubai All Geared For A New 1GW Solar Project

Dubai Electricity and Water has shortlisted developers for the tender for the 100MW second phase of Mohammedfirst solar Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

The tender is to be awarded to Independent Power Producer (IPP), the qualification process for applicants began in May, with 24 developers shortlisted, out of 49 applicants who qualified from the open request for proposal by the government.

The project began in October 2013, with the first 13MW phase of the solar park already commissioned and inaugurated by the Sheikh.

The solar park is one of the biggest renewable-energy projects in the region and is scheduled to launch for 2017.

The 13MW already completed is connected to the DEWA grid, which covers all of the emirate. The first phase of the solar park was launched in 2013. DEWA 13 is situated in Seih Al Dahal, about 50km south of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The plant, currently the largest photovoltaic (PV) solar power facility in the region, covers an area of 59 acres or 238,764 square meters, which is sufficient to accommodate approximately 33 football pitches.

The solar park is part of the city’s Supreme Council of Energy’s ‘Integrated Energy Strategy 2030’. The strategy is to diversify Dubai’s energy mix by 2030 to 71 percent natural gas, 12 percent nuclear, 12 percent ‘clean coal’, and 5 percent from solar power.


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