Next phase of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park to have capacity of 800 megawatts
The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) plans to float a tender for the 800MW phase three of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in the fourth quarter of this year.
DEWA will start accepting expression of interest proposals from international developers by the end of this month for the project, state news agency WAM reported.
The government body has increased the share of renewable energy in Dubai’s energy mix to 7% by 2020 and 15% by 2030, and has doubled the capacity of phase two of the solar park from 100MW to 200MW.
“We are pleased to announce the third project with a capacity of 800 megawatts. We are on the right track to achieve the Solar Park’s total capacity of 3,000 megawatts,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA
“Our efforts complement the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 to diversify energy sources to include 71% from natural gas, 15% from solar energy, 7% from clean coal, and 7% from nuclear power.”
The 200MW second phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid solar park will be operational in 2017, and the park will have a total capacity of 3,000MW by 2030, it was reported.
In June, American firm First Solar announced that it would supply 2.36 million photovoltaic modules to power the park’s second phase, which will produce enough energy to power 30,000 average homes in the UAE and will displace over 469,650 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year.