First Solar selected for 200 MW PV project in Dubai

On the back of the 152,880 PV modules supplied to the first, 13 MW, phase, the U.S.-based thin film manufacturer will now deliver a total of 2.36 million modules for the second, 200 MW, project phase.

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is targeting a cumulative capacity of 3 GW. The first 13 MW went online in April 2013, and the second phase is expected to be completed in early 2017. Originally planned at 100 MW, it was recently expanded to 200 MW. Last week, SwitzerlandÂ’s ABB landed a US$20 million order from the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) to extend a substation, in order to facilitate the plans.

DEWA also recently selected a consortium led by Saudi-based ACWA Power and TSK, a Spanish engineering and construction company, to develop, construct, own and operate the project. "According to the consortium, the project’s tariff of 5.84 USD cents per kilowatt-hour establishes a new global benchmark, reducing the cost of solar electricity by over 20 percent," said First Solar in a statement released today.

"We are confident that this milestone project will establish a new benchmark for the reliable, affordable and sustainable generation of solar energy in the Middle East and around the world," stated Alfonso Targhetta, TSK procurement MD and board member, adding "Â… this project will help define how utility scale PV plants are developed throughout the region and beyond."