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Dubai's giant solar park set to add more power by end-June

300MW second stage of the 800MW third phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park set to go live next month

Dubai's giant solar park set to add more power by end-June
DEWA is building the third phase of the solar park using photovoltaic technology in three stages, in partnership with a consortium.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), has reviewed the progress of the 300MW second stage of the 800MW third phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

DEWA is building the third phase of the solar park using photovoltaic technology in three stages, in partnership with a consortium led by Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) and EDF Group, through its subsidiary EDF Énergies Nouvelles.

This solar plant is the first of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa, with an advanced solar tracking system to increase generation efficiency by 20-30 percent when compared to fixed installations.

Al Tayer was briefed on the progress of the 300MW second phase of the solar park, which will be operational in late June.

Construction of the 300MW third stage started earlier this year and will be operational in 2020. The first stage has a capacity of 200MW and became operational in May 2018.

This stage provides over 60,000 residences with electricity, reducing over 270,000 tonnes of carbon emissions every year.

An international consortium led by the renewable energy contractors GranSolar and Acciona from Spain and Ghella from Italy are handling the engineering, procurement, and construction.

The 13MW photovoltaic first phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park became operational in 2013. The 200MW photovoltaic second phase of the solar park was launched in March 2017.

The solar park is the largest single-site solar park in the world, based on the Independent Power Producer model. It will generate 5,000MW by 2030 with investments of up to AED50 billion.

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