First Solar to complete 200MW Dubai solar project
The second phase of the iconic Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar power park will be completed next year
The second phase of the iconic Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar power park will be completed next year, First Solar recently reported.
US-based solar modules manufacturer and developer First Solar announced that it will commission the 200 MW solar power capacity at the Dubai solar power park next year. The company is working under contract from Saudi Arabia-based ACWA Power which secured the right to develop the project through a competitive auction.
First Solar will reportedly provide 2.36 million modules that will be installed over an area of 450 hectares.
First Solar had also worked on the first phase of the solar power park which has an installed capacity of 13 MW. The auction for the 100 MW second phase of the solar power park was won by a consortium of ACWA Power and TSK at record tariff bid of US¢5.84/kWh. The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority then offered another 100 MW capacity to the consortium.
The initial installed capacity target for Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park was set at 1 GW by 2019. However, last year, DEWA announced that it would boost the park’s capacity to 3 GW by 2030, with a total estimated investment of $3 billion.
The solar power park is central to DEWA’s target to source 7% of Dubai’s total power output from renewable energy sources by 2020, and 15% by 2030.