The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) will launch a tender to build the third phase of the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum Solar Park in six weeks, its CEO, Saeed Mohammed al-Tayer, said, reported Reuters. The 800MW third phase is scheduled to be operational by 2020, according to Arabian Business. Twenty-one companies are running for the project, including Abu Dhabi’s Masdar and the previous winner, Acwa. DEWA disclosed no further details about the cost of the project.
The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is the largest single-site strategic renewable energy project of its kind in the world. The 13MW first phase, DEWA 13, became operational in 2013, and it is the largest photovoltaic solar power facility in the region, informed First Solar. With the second phase, Dubai had doubled the capacity of the Solar Park from 100 MW to 200 MW after receiving the lowest-ever recorded cost for solar power in a tender won by Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power and Spain’s TSK.
The emirate’s strategic plan envisions 7% of power generation to come from renewables by 2020, and 15% by 2030.