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Video: Construction Week In Focus | Dubai's MBR Solar Park in 2018

How has the world's largest single-site solar energy plant grown this year?

A design change was recently announced to expand Dubai's Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park (MBR Solar Park), but how has the project progressed in 2018?

MBR Solar Park is the largest single-site solar energy plant in the world with more than $13bn of investment committed against it. The scheme was launched in January 2012 with the promise that the solar park would reduce 6.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year.

READ: Dubai expands design of $4bn MBR Solar Park

It boasts the tallest solar tower in the world, which will stand 260m tall, as well as the largest thermal energy storage capacity in the world, ensuring MBR Solar Park has the ability to generate electricity 24 hours per day. 

Built in phases, the solar park is the cornerstone of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 as the emirate looks to shift towards clean energy. Phase 1 has been operational since 2013, Phase 2 began in March 2017, and Dewa expects Phase 3 to kick off in 2020, with the fourth phase's operation starting toward the end of 2020. 

READ: Dubai Ruler inaugurates 200MW first stage of MBR Solar Park Phase 3

In this video, Oscar Rousseau and Jack Ball, deputy editor and senior reporter of Construction Week, explore the progress made by Dubai's high-profile MBR Solar Park in 2018. 

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