GE to deliver 220 MW of inverters to DEWA's Dubai solar project


GE has confirmed that it is to supply 220 MW of its central inverters to the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority’s (DEWA) solar project, the Mohamed bin Rashid al-Maktoum solar plant.

Expected to grow to 5 GW in size by 2030, the DEWA project has spurred plenty of interest in Dubai’s solar sector, this week delivering a world-record low bid of 2.99$c/kWh for PV energy by a consortium led by Abdul Latif Jameel of Saudi Arabia, Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) of Spain, And the UAE’s Masdar.

This third tender was for 800 MW, but previous tenders – with winning bids below 6$c/kWh – were accepted last year, and for which GE will supply its inverters, namely the LV5 Series central inverter, which has been designed specifically for performance in harsh desert conditions.

GE has collaborated with Spanish EPC TSK to arrange the shipments of the central inverters, with delivery expected to commence in the summer. The LV5 Series inverters are liquid-cooled and rated for outdoor use in “the harshest conditions imaginable”, said GE Gulf CEO and president Dalya Al Muthanna.

"TSK’s trust in our technology for their utility-scale projects adds weight to the trust shown by various industry players in GE’s solar offerings," Muthanna said, adding that the company is focusing on the Middle East’s solar potential over the next few years.

"The Middle East is one of the most promising solar markets in the world… we will continue to support utilities in the region with innovative technology such as our LV5 Series and 1,500 V inverters," said GE’s MENA renewables sales leader Hani Majzoub.