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First Solar supplies panels for DEWA solar project

US company confirms its PV modules will power 200MW project in Dubai.

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Ahmed Nada, First Solar
Ahmed Nada, First Solar

First Solar has finalised an agreement to supply photovoltaic (PV) modules for the 200 megawatt (MW) second phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai.

Earlier this year Saudi power project developer ACWA Power and partner TSK of Spain won the contract to develop the project in return for a tariff of $5.84 cents per kWh, a new global benchmark for solar PV.

It was an open secret that First Solar was the supplier for the project but a concrete deal has only now been signed.

Paddy Padmanathan, President and Chief Executive Officer, ACWA Power said: “The technology we plan to implement has a proven advantage over conventional solar panels, delivering more annual energy for the same nameplate watts under the specific project conditions of the DEWA project.

“The organic performance growth program that First Solar is developing with their photovoltaic (PV) modules sets a benchmark in the PV industry, allowing us to benefit from a long-term reliable and durable power generation technology for projects of this scale."

First Solar has confirmed it will supply 2.36 million modules for the plant that will cover an area of almost 4.5 million square meters, equivalent to 100 football pitches. The US company was the supplier as well as EPC contractor for the first 13MW phase of the project which started up in 2013.

"This project's impact on the global energy transition cannot be overstated,” said Ahmed S. Nada, Vice President and Region Executive for the Middle East at First Solar. “It has effectively driven down the cost of solar electricity, marking a new milestone in solar PV's evolution as a mainstream energy resource.

"In this competitive environment, the decision to power the project with First Solar technology is testament to the ability of our high performance modules to reliably deliver energy, even in challenging operating conditions.

In fact, with this win, First Solar will have earned the position of being the leading PV solutions provider in the Middle East, with a projected installed capacity of at least 270MW across the region by 2017."

First Solar is the EPC contractor and supplier for the 52.5 MW Shams Ma'an solar project in Jordan, which is currently under construction and scheduled for completion in the second half of 2016.

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