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Phase two of Dubai solar park operational in 2017

The second phase of Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Park will be operational by April 2017, officials have confirmed

The second phase of Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Park will be operational by April 2017, Dubai Media Office reported.
The second phase of Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Park will be operational by April 2017, Dubai Media Office reported.

The second phase of Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Park will be operational by April 2017. 

The independent power producer (IPP) model is being followed for the second phase's development, and the project is valued at $326.7m (AED1.2bn). 

This information was revealed during a visit made to the Seih Al-Dahal development by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA).

Senior officials accompanying Al Tayer included Abdul Hamid Al Muhaidib, the CEO of Shuaa Energy. 

Al Tayer also visited the water desalination unit at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park to check its progress.

The desalination plant is powered by a photovoltaic (PV) array, and uses reverse osmosis technology to produce 50 cubic metres of drinking water a day. 

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 4,000 sqm building will have four floors and be ready by 2017.

Al Tayer was briefed about the latest developments on the main $74.8m (AED275m) 400/132kV substation, which has a conversion capacity of 1,515 megavolt amperes (MVA).

Swiss company ABB was the main contractor on the 400 kV substation, which is 88% complete and is expected to be ready in September 2016.

Representatives from ABB highlighted the on-site construction works at the substation, which is divided into four sections, Dubai Media Office reported.

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