Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, inaugurated the 200 MW first stage of the 800 MW third phase of a solar power park that also bears his name.
Dubai Electricity & Water Authority is implementing the third phase using the independent power producer model at levelized cost of energy of 2.99 cents per kilowatt hour using photovoltaic solar panels.
The third phase is being implemented in partnership with a consortium led by Abu Dhabi Future Energy Co. (Masdar) and Ã‰lectricitÃ© de France (EDF) Group. The second and third stages of this phase, which have a capacity of 300 MW each, will be completed in 2019 and 2020 respectively.
HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, noted that the plant is the first in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to use a single-axis solar tracking system, which increases energy efficiency by 20-30 percent. It uses over 800,000 self-cleaning solar cells that maintain a high-performance level. The project provides over 60,000 residences with clean energy, reducing over 270,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually. It was implemented with over 2.4 million accident-free man-hours.
Al Tayer noted that the project has increased the share of clean energy to 4 percent of Dubai’s total installed capacity. Capacity of the photovoltaic and concentrated solar power IPP—based projects currently under construction is 1,500 MW.