Dubai's DEWA invites bids for 800 MW, phase three solar park

Solar developers have been invited to bid on the third phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park after the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) issued a call for Expression of Interest (EOI) for the 800 MW project.

Having secured a levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) for just $0.058/kWh in the second, 200 MW tender, this third tranche could attract similarly competitive winning bids as the 3 GW Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park takes shape.

The tender was officially opened by DEWA earlier this month, and bids will close on September 29, with commissioning of successful projects beginning in 2018 and staggered throughout the year. Development of the solar park – which once complete will dramatically alter the solar landscape of the Middle East region – is based on the Independent Power Producer Model (IPP).

DEWA will purchase all solar energy generated from the projects on a 25-year PPA. The power authority of Dubai has upped its renewable energy target, and has pledged to source 7% of its energy needs from clean resources by 2020, and 15% by 2030.

"We are determined to continue building and developing a greener economy, to achieve the UAE Vision 2021 to create a sustainable environment in terms of air quality, conserving water resources, more reliance on clean energy, and implementing green development," said DEWA CEO and MD Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer. "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."