By Staff writer
First Solar Inc to supply photovoltaic modules to power Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park
First Solar Inc has announced that it has signed an agreement to supply its photovoltaic (PV) modules to power the 200 megawatt second phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai.
The plant, which will produce enough energy to power 30,000 average homes in the UAE, will be powered by over 2.36 million First Solar modules.
The plant will be built over an area of almost 4.5 million square metres, sufficient to cover as many as 100 football pitches.
Earlier this year, a consortium led by Saudi-based ACWA Power and TSK, a Spanish engineering and construction company, was selected by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) to develop, construct, own and operate the independent power project.
According to the consortium, the project's tariff of 5.84 US cents per kilowatt-hour establishes a new global benchmark, reducing the cost of solar electricity by over 20 percent.
The utility scale solar plant will be the largest facility of its kind in the Middle East, when completed in early 2017.
Paddy Padmanathan, president and CEO, ACWA Power said: "The technology we plan to implement has a proven advantage over conventional solar panels, delivering more annual energy for the same nameplate watts under the specific project conditions of the DEWA project.
"The organic performance growth program that First Solar is developing with their photovoltaic (PV) modules sets a benchmark in the PV industry, allowing us to benefit from a long-term reliable and durable power generation technology for projects of this scale."
First Solar said its advanced PV modules have been independently certified for reliable performance in high temperature, high humidity, extreme desert and coastal environments.
"This project's impact on the global energy transition cannot be overstated. It has effectively driven down the cost of solar electricity, marking a new milestone in solar PV's evolution as a mainstream energy resource," said Ahmed S Nada, vice president and region executive for the Middle East, at First Solar.
"In this competitive environment, the decision to power the project with First Solar technology is testament to the ability of our high performance modules to reliably deliver energy, even in challenging operating conditions."
First Solar modules already power the first phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park and will be installed at the Shams Ma'an solar PV plant, currently under construction in Jordan and scheduled for completion in the second half of 2016.