DEWA opens Noor Energy 1 Visitor Centre at Phase Four of MBR Solar Park

Facility will allow visitors to understand and witness the MBR Solar Park project from a technological and solutions perspective

The Noor Energy 1 Visitors Centre within Phase Four of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is now open, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has announced.

Billed as a key facility, the Noor Energy 1 Visitors Centre features an exhibition that chronicles the history of energy and future energy technologies. It displays the latest technologies in Concentrated Solar Power (CSP), photovoltaic cells, and the future of green hydrogen. In addition, the exhibition uses Virtual Reality (VR) to tour the solar park to understand the projects and technologies used to produce energy, said a statement from DEWA.

The 950MW phase of the sustainable project has investments totaling $4.3bn and is being developed on the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model. A consortium led by DEWA and Acwa Power formed a project company, Noor Energy 1, to design, build, and operate the plant. DEWA owns a 51% stake, while Acwa Power has 25% and the Silk Road Fund the rest of the 24% stake in the firm.

Speaking at the opening of the facility, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA said the firm had launched pioneering initiatives and projects to diversify clean energy sources. These include multiple clean and renewable energy sources and technologies such as solar photovoltaic solar panels (CSP), green hydrogen production using solar power, pumped-storage water technology using clean energy in Hatta, and research into electricity generation from wind power.

Al Tayer also pointed out that all of DEWA’s strategies and plans were aimed at promoting sustainability, innovation and the shift towards a green sustainable economy.

“Our projects at the solar park using the IPP model constitute one of the key pillars of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and the Dubai Net Zero Emissions Strategy 2050 to provide 100% of energy from clean energy sources by 2050,” stated Al Tayer in the presence of Acwa Power chairman Mohammad Abunayyan and other officials from DEWA and Noor Energy 1.

Abunayyan said once Noor Energy 1 becomes operational, it will be the largest single-site concentrated solar power plant in the world. “This experience centre will allow visitors to understand and witness this unique project from a technological and solutions perspective,” he concluded.


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