Phase 2 of MBR Solar Park 80% completeby Jochebed Menon on Dec 26, 2016
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has confirmed that 80% of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park’s Phase 2 is complete.
Phase 2 is the first and largest of its kind in the UAE and will eventually generate 200 megawatts (MW) of electricity by April 2017.
To date, 75% of the 2.2 million photovoltaic panels have been installed, Dubai Media office reported
The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is the largest single-site solar park in the world based on the Independent Power Producer model (IPP).
Mohammad Abdullah Abunayyan, chairman of ACWA Power, and Abdulhameed Al Muhaidib, managing director of Shuaa Energy 1, briefed Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA, about the implementation process.
They specified the construction, operations, and engineering progress, ensuring that the project will be delivered on time.
At the time, DEWA set a world record by obtaining the lowest price globally for Phase 2, at a price of $5.6 cents per kilowatt hour (kW/h).
The project occupies 450ha with an investment of approximately $326m (AED1.2bn). Shuaa Energy 1 is a company established by DEWA to complete the project according to UAE legislation.
DEWA is the majority shareholder at 51% with Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power, and the Spanish industrial group TSK taking the remaining stake.
DEWA is working closely with Shuaa Energy 1 to ensure that Phase 2 of the park is operational by April 2017.
Al Tayer said: “The strategy sets the target to generate 5,000MW of solar power by 2030. Clean energy will generate 7% of Dubai’s total power output by 2020, 25% by 2030, and 75% by 2050.”
The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is the largest single-site solar park in the world, with a planned capacity of 1,000 MW by 2020 and 5,000 MW by 2030, and a total investment of $13.6bn (AED50bn) and will eventually save approximately 6.5 million tonnes per annum in emissions.
The World Expo will be connected to the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which will provide it with 200MW of power.
Abunayyan said: “Completing 80% of this strategic project, with a total of 1 million man hours logged, reflects the intensive efforts made by the team.”
Al Tayer also followed up with the progress made on the Innovation Centre, which will act as a museum, exhibition and convention centre for solar and renewable energy.
The building covers 4,000m2, is 90 metres high, and consists of five floors. The Centre will be constructed by 2017.