Dewa starts 2nd unit in 4th phase of World's largest Solar

Park. Dubai’s DEWA Commissions 200MW Clean Energy In Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, Advances Clean Energy Goals

By Inc.Arabia Staff
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The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has commissioned the 200 MW second unit of the parabolic basin complex in Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park’s fourth phase.

The solar park is the world’s largest single-site solar using the IPP model with a planned production capacity of 5 GW by 2030 and investments totalling AED 50 bn (c. USD 13.6 bn).

The commissioning of the second unit in the fourth phase helped boost the solar park’s production capacity to 2.6 GW and Dewa’s total production capacity to 15.1 GW, according to a statement released by DEWA yesterday.

The 950 MW fourth phase — which is being built by Dewa and a KSA Acwa Power-led consortium that includes the Chinese Silk Road Fund — is the largest single-site project in the world that brings together Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) and photovoltaic technologies, Dewa said.

The phase uses the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model with investments of up to AED c.16 bn. It is expected to power 320k households and slash carbon emissions by 1.6 mn tonnes annually, Dewa added.

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park contributed to DEWA winning the Best Sustainable Project of the Year in the UAE at the 2014 MEED Quality Awards. This is the first time this award was given to a renewable energy project in the Middle East and North Africa.

The fourth phase uses the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model with investments of up to AED 15.78 billion. It is set to provide clean energy for approximately 320,000 residences and reduce carbon emissions by 1.6 million tonnes annually.

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