Construction of phase 2 of Dubai solar park passes halfway mark

Shuaa Energy 1 announces progress on the second phase of the Mohammad bin Rashid Solar Park in Dubai
Construction of phase 2 of Dubai solar park passes halfway mark
By Staff writer
Tue 25 Oct 2016 03:30 PM

Shuaa Energy 1, the primary investor and developer for the second phase of the Mohammad bin Rashid Solar Park in Dubai, announced on Tuesday that it has crossed the 50 percent threshold for construction of the project.

Once complete, the second phase will supply Dubai with an additional 200MW of solar power, with 900 employees currently working to help deliver the project in a record 12-month timeframe.

The project will see the installation of over 2.3 million solar panels – enough capacity to power 30,000 homes in the emirate, a statement said.

It will also become the city’s first project to be delivered under the Independent Power Project (IPP) model, forming a part of what will be the world’s largest solar complex. The entire park is expected to deliver over 5000MW of solar power once complete.

The Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Park was announced in January 2012 to promote renewable energy sources in the country. It also forms a part of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, which aims to make Dubai a global centre of clean energy and green economy.

Under the strategy guidelines, the emirate aims to provide seven percent of Dubai’s energy from clean energy sources by 2020, increasing this target to 25 percent by 2030 and 75 percent by 2050.

Abdul Hamid Al Muhaidib, CEO of Shuaa Energy, said: “Work on the project is on track to be completed by the initial timelines, with over one million solar panels installed to date.

"Once compete, we expect that this phase will reduce carbon emissions in the emirate by 470,000 metric tonnes/year. I am also delighted to announce that after 670,000 man hours and 50 percent of the construction schedule, there have been no accidents to report.”

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