UAE: Phase 2 of MBR Solar Park over 50% complete
Shuaa Energy 1 PSC has announced that construction works for Phase 2 of Dubai’s Mohammad bin Rashid Solar Park have passed the 50% completion mark
Shuaa Energy 1 PSC has announced that construction works for Phase 2 of Dubai’s Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Park have passed the 50% completion threshold.
Shuaa Energy, the primary investor and developer for the park’s second phase, said that 900 employees are currently working across a surface area of 4.4km2 to help deliver the project within a 12-month timeframe.
Once complete, Phase 2 of the solar park will supply Dubai with an additional 200MW of energy. The project will see the installation of more than 2.3 million solar panels – enough to power 30,000 homes.
HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and chief executive officer of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), commented: “The second phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Park, inaugurated last year by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, represents a new era for our economy – and one that is dependent on sustainability and renewable energy.
“Our goal is to help this city achieve its vision of having the smallest carbon footprint in the world by 2050 – in line with HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Clean Energy Strategy, which requires that we lead the way in providing alternatives to traditional energy sources, contributing to the growth in the country’s renewable energy sector.”
Abdul Hamid Al Muhaidib, CEO of Shuaa Energy, added: “Work on the project is on track to be completed by the initial timelines, with over one million solar panels installed to date. Once complete, we expect that this phase will reduce carbon emissions in the emirate by 470,000 tonnes per year. I am also delighted to announce that, after 670,000 man hours and 50% of the construction schedule, there have been no accidents to report.”
Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Park will be the first project to be delivered under Dubai’s Independent Power Project (IPP) model. Ultimately, Phase 2 will form part of the world’s largest solar complex.
In its entirety, park is expected to deliver more than 5,000MW of solar power when finished.