Dubai launches tender for 100 MW Phase II of solar park

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Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has launched a tender for the 100 MW-Phase II of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park to qualified independent power producers (IPP).

DEWA received 49 applications through an open request in May. DEWA has shortlisted 24 developers for the second phase of the tender, which remains open until its October 23 deadline.

"Through implementing the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, DEWA is fulfilling the vision of our prudent leadership for the sustainable development of Dubai," said DEWA Managing Director and CEO Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer.

"The Supreme Council of Energy in Dubai launched the Dubai Integrated Strategy 2030 to diversify the energy mix by 2030 to comprise 71% from natural gas, 12% from nuclear power, 12% from clean coal, and 5% from solar power," Al Tayer added.

At AED 12 billion ($3.6 billion), the solar park is one of the largest renewable energy projects in the region, according to DEWA’s chief exec.

The 13 MW first phase of the solar park was inaugurated by Dubai’s Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and already connected to DEWA’s emirate-wide grid.

Expressing satisfaction wtih the number of bids received for the project from international developers, Al Tayer noted that the large participation of global players reflected the trust and interest of international investors to invest in large projects supported by the government of Dubai.

The project is part of Dubai’s Green Economy for Sustainable Development initiative launched by Sheikh Mohammed, Dubai’s ruler and vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and the solar park’s namesake.