200MW second phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park inaugurated

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer speaking at the inauguration of the second phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park
HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer speaking at the inauguration of the second phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on March 20, 2017 has inaugurated the 200 megawatt second phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

The project reflects a new era in the excellence and leadership of the UAE, as it increases the share of clean and renewable energy, ME NewsWire reports.

This phase of the solar park is the first and largest solar-energy project in the region, based on the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model. It was accomplished through a partnership between DEWA (Dubai Electricity and Water Authority) and a consortium led by ACWA Power (Saudi Arabia), the main developer of the project, and TSK (Spain), the main contractor.

 

Clean energy for 50,000 residences in Dubai

This phase, which installed 2.3 million photovoltaic solar panels over 4.5 square kilometers, can reportedly generate clean energy for 50,000 residences in Dubai, and will reduce 214,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually.

“The UAE’s strategies and investments are clear evidences that it is today leading international efforts in clean and renewable energy,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.

The Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 intends to generate 7% of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy by 2020, 25% by 2030, and 75% by 2050. The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is one of the major projects that DEWA implements to achieve this goal.

It is the largest single-site solar park in the world, based on the IPP model, with a planned capacity of 1,000 megawatts by 2020 and 5,000 megawatts by 2030, with a total investment of AED50 billion. “It will eventually save over 6.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions every year, supporting Dubai’s objectives to promote sustainable development and a green economy,” added Al Tayer.

 

2017-03-21 | Courtesy: ME NewsWire | solarserver.com © Heindl Server GmbH

Our editorial selection of breaking solar news is published at:
http://www.solarserver.com/solar-magazine/solar-news/top-solar-news.html