First capacity of 900MW Dubai solar project comes online

AdobeStock 276818517Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Saudi Arabia’s Acwa Power for the 900MW fifth phase project in April in 2020

A consortium led by Saudi Arabia’s Acwa Power has commissioned the first 300MW capacity of the 900MW fifth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid (MBR) solar park in Dubai

The US$564mn project reached financial close in September 2020.

“Commissioning the 300MW first stage of the fifth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park increases DEWA's total capacity of clean energy to 1,310MW. This brings clean energy capacity in Dubai’s energy mix to around 10 per cent,” said Saeed Mohammed al-Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA.

DEWA's production capacity has increased to 13,200MW of electricity and 490 million imperial gallons of desalinated water per day (MIGD). By the end of 2021, clean energy capacity will increase to 13.3% of Dubai’s total energy mix after adding 517MW from solar photovoltaic panels and CSP in the fourth phase of the solar park. These include 100MW from the world’s tallest CSP tower at 262.44 metres, 200MW from first project of the parabolic trough, and 217 MW using photovoltaic solar panels,” Al-Tayer added.

The Dubai clean energy strategy 2050 aims to provide 75% of Dubai’s total power capacity from clean energy sources by 2050.

At the inauguration of the latest renewables capacity, DEWA revealed that Dubai had identified a site for the UAE’s first wind power project.

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