First Solar set to build 13MW Dubai PV plant

Project is first phase of DEWA's 1GW solar park

First Solar's 13GW plant will produce an average 22 million kilowatt hours per year. (GETTY IMAGES)
First Solar's 13GW plant will produce an average 22 million kilowatt hours per year. (GETTY IMAGES)

First Solar has been awarded a contract to construct a 13 MW solar PV plant for Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), the first phase of Dubai’s planned Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park.

Under the deal, First Solar will provide EPC services, together with its thin-film PV modules. The plant, located around 50 kilometres south of Dubai in Seih Al Dahal, will eventually have a planned output of 1GW.

“The PV plant installation is a key step in the implementation of the energy diversification strategy adopted by the Supreme Council of Energy, in which solar energy is set to become part of Dubai’s energy portfolio. The strategy is based on Dubai’s growing energy requirements and aims to maintain security of supply in the Emirate of Dubai,” said DEWA CEO and MD, H.E. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer.

First Solar’s 13MW plant will produce, on average, over 22 million kilowatt hours of electricity each year – enough to meet the power needs of 500 local households.

“We are delighted that DEWA has chosen First Solar to build the first phase of this flagship project, which illustrates our strategy to provide comprehensive solar power plant solutions in sustainable markets. We commend His Highness for his vision in promoting a path toward a sustainable future for Dubai that preserves natural resources, reduces pollution and serves the Emirate’s rapidly growing power needs,” said First Solar CEO Jim Hughes.

DEWA reported that it had received six bids in response to the tender for the project – issued in June of this year.

“The total cost of the project is AED 124 million [US $33.75 million] for the installation of the 13MW photovoltaic power plant, including the engineering, procurement and construction of a solar plant, a 33kV substation and connection to DEWA’s grid network. The plant will be constructed as a partnership project with the investment and ownership shared between six Dubai Supreme Council of Energy member entities: DEWA, DM, DPE, DUBAL, DUSUP and ENOC,” added Al Tayer.




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