Dubai announces 800 MW third phase of major solar project

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The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has announced the 800 MW third phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, with a project’s tender expected to be released in the third quarter of the year.

Dubai has been making strides in its efforts to increase the use of clean and renewable energy. The emirate recently increased the share of its renewable energy target to a 7% share by 2020 and 15% by 2030, and doubled the capacity of phase two of the Solar Park from 100 MW to 200 MW.

DEWA manages and operated the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, one of the largest renewable energy projects in the region, and is accepting proposals for a project consultant from April 1 to May 3. The park’s 13 MW first phase went online in 2013. The consortium led by Saudi Arabia’s ACWA and Spain’s TSK was selected to implement the 200 MW second phase of the solar park, which will be operational by 2017. The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is one of the largest strategic renewable energy projects in the world that is based on the independent power producer (IPP) model and is expected to put Dubai and the UAE at the forefront of countries in the region in producing renewable energy.

“DEWA’s strategy for future projects is inspired by the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, that nothing is impossible,” proclaimed DEWA Managing Director and CEO Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer.

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