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Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) has announced that it has received approximately 150 Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from companies interested in building a 10 MW solar PV power plant. The project is the first of its kind for DEWA, and is a key part of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park project. Companies were invited to show interest in the project at the start of April, and DEWA expects pre-qualified companies to send requests for proposals by June.
The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park was launched at the start of the year, and is planned to have an eventual capacity of 1,000 MW, at a cost of US $3.2 billion. The project is aimed at increasing the sustainable energy of Dubai and reducing the city's carbon emissions. It will be located in Seih Al Dahal on the Dubai – Al Ain Road.
HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, has said of the development, "The programme aims to prepare and develop qualified UAE Nationals in the areas of Solar Energy, and create new job opportunities for UAE citizens in the fields of research and development, planning, design, construction and operation in solar energy".