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Dubai's DEWA unveils plan for 1,000MW solar plants

The 200MW first phase of a planned concentrated solar power (CSP) plant has already been tendered for construction through the independent power producer (IPP) model

DEWA announced a CSP project will be developed within Dubai's Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park.
DEWA announced a CSP project will be developed within Dubai's Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has confirmed its plans to build the world's largest concentrated solar power (CSP) project through the independent power producer (IPP) model. 

The agency has released a tender for CSP consultants to submit proposals for the first 200MW project, which will be developed as a part of the plant located within the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park (MBR solar park). 

April 2021 is the plant's operational deadline.

The announcement comes on the heels of DEWA's announcement that it will generate up to 1,000MW of energy through its CSP projects by 2030. 

Remarking on the development, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA, said: "An important advantage of CSP is that thermal heat, which is used to produce electricity, can be stored easily, which makes it possible to produce electricity after sunset." 

MBR solar park's first phase commenced operations in October 2013, and the 200MW second phase will be operational in April 2017.  

 

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