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Dubai's DEWA hires builder for solar innovation centre

Hadeed Emirates Contracting Co picked to build facility at Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park

Dubai's DEWA hires builder for solar innovation centre

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has appointed Hadeed Emirates Contracting Company to build the Solar Innovation Centre at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai.

The building will be a platform to showcase the latest solar and renewable energy technologies and will enable DEWA to demonstrate its own achievements in renewable energy and sustainability, the state utility said in a statement.

The centre is planned to be completed by the first quarter of 2017.

The Solar Innovation Centre will act as a museum and exhibition for solar and renewable energy and will attract tourists, universities, schools, companies, and partners, it added.

It will also be open to solar energy manufacturers and developers as it will house a permanent convention centre for events and conferences, business meetings, training and meetings on subjects related to solar and renewable energy and other green initiatives.

"DEWA is committed to implementing the Green Economy for Sustainable Development initiative, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to develop green technologies to achieve the sustainable development. This is a priority for DEWA's strategy," said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA.

Last month, DEWA said it will start accepting expressions of interest for the third phase of the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum Solar Park at the end of September.

The tender for the project, an 800 megawatt power plant, will be launched in the fourth quarter of 2015, the company said.

Dubai doubled the capacity of the second phase of the solar park from 100 MW to 200 MW after receiving the lowest ever recorded cost for solar power in a tender won by Saudi Arabia's ACWA Power and Spain's TSK.

Dubai's strategic plans envision 7 percent of power generation from renewables by 2020 and 15 percent by 2030.

The 13 MW first phase became operational in October 2013, while the 200 MW second phase will be operational by 2017.

The full solar park scheme will have a capacity of 3,000 MW.

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