Dewa hosts US energy secretary Rick Perry at MBR Solar Park
With the IPP model, the solar park will have a capacity of 5,000MW by 2030, with investments totalling $13.6bn (AED50bn)
The managing director and chief executive officer of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer received US secretary of energy Rick Perry along with a high-level delegation from the US Department of Energy – which included deputy assistant secretary for International Affairs; and deputy chief of staff to the secretary, Rachael Beitler – at Dubai’s Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park (MBR Solar Park) in a meeting that covered potential cooperation and knowledge sharing about renewable and clean energy.
Al Tayer stated that the government entity has built strategic partnerships with the US Department of Energy, as well as American organisations and firms to enhance clean energy, energy efficiency, digital transformation, and automation projects.
Commenting on the role of the MBR Solar project in the UAE’s sustainable development goals, Al Tayer said: “Dewa launched several green programmes and initiatives, including the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site solar park in the world. Using the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model, it will have a capacity of 5,000MW by 2030, with investments totalling $13.6bn (AED50bn). Upon completion, the solar park will reduce at least 6.5m tonnes of CO2 emissions annually and provide thousands of jobs in clean energy and green economy.”
The capacity of the current projects at the MBR Solar Park is 713MW. Total capacity of the five phases announced so far will reach 2,863MW, and will touch 5,000MW by 2030. This includes 4,000MW from photovoltaic solar panels, and 1,000MW from concentrated solar power (CSP).
Dewa also has invested worth more than $23.4bn (AED86bn) to meet growing demand for electricity and water in Dubai through the next five years. It currently claims an installed capacity of 11,400MW of electricity and 470m gallons of desalinated water per day, providing services to over 900,000 customers in Dubai.
Commenting on the MBR Solar Park, Perry said: “This facility, which is the largest solar array in the world in a single site, is a very visionary project that reflects His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s vision for the world and certainly for Dubai to be a leader in energy development. This is a great example for Public Private partnerships can do.”