Dubai's Dewa issues RFP for floating solar PV plants in Arabian Gulf

Dewa calls on consultants to deliver feasibility, technical, and environmental studies for floating PV plants

Dubai may soon get floating solar PV panels.
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Dubai may soon get floating solar PV panels.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has issued a request of proposal (RFP) for the appointment of consultants to study, develop, and construct floating solar photovoltaic (PV) plants in the Arabian Gulf.

Consultants would be required to deliver a feasibility study, technical prerequisites for a floating solar PV plant, an environmental impact assessment report, a study of the marine requirements, a safety plan, seawater feasibility studies – including tidal and system specifications – and other required studies on setting up electrical transmission.

The initiative is in line with the objectives of Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 (DCES 2050), which seeks to diversify the energy mix in Dubai by meeting 75% of the emirate’s total power output from clean energy by 2050, UAE state news agency, Wam, reported.

Commenting on the RFP, managing director and chief executive officer of Dewa, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, said: “At Dewa, we work in line with the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai, to achieve sustainable economic, social, and environmental development and preserve natural resources."

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