DEWA seeks bidders for Dubai solar park

Maktoum solar parkDubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has issued a request for qualification (RFQ), seeking bidders for the construction and development of Phase 5 of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, with a capacity of 900MW

The phase is expected to use photovoltaic solar panels based on the independent power project (IPP) model.

According to DEWA, it is scheduled to be commissioned in stages starting from Q2 2021, supporting the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to provide 75 per cent of Dubai’s total power output from the clean energy sources.

As the largest single-site strategic solar park in the world, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is set to generate 5,000MW by 2030 with investments worth US$13.61bn.

The 13MW photovoltaic first phase became operational in 2013 using PV solar panels. The 200MW photovoltaic second phase of the solar park was operational in March 2017. The 800MW photovoltaic third phase is expected to be operational by 2020.

The fourth phase of the solar park is the largest single-site concentrated solar power (CSP) project in the world based on the IPP model, with a total investment of US$4.36bn. The fourth phase of the 950MW hybrid power plant will use three technologies including 600MW from a parabolic basin complex, 100MW from a solar tower and 250MW from photovoltaic panels.

“This ensures energy supplies to meet growing demand in Dubai and enhance the shift toward green economy by increasing its share of clean energy,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA.

Al Tayer further noted that DEWA is working to transform Dubai into a global hub for clean energy and green economy. Meeting the clean energy objectives requires a capacity of 42,000MW of clean and renewable energy by 2050.

“To achieve our vision to become a leading sustainable innovative global corporation, we are working to establish sustainability as the roadmap that secures a brighter and happier future for Dubai, by launching major world-class initiatives and projects in green development,” added Al Tayer.

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