Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has invited bids for a project consultancy contract for the third phase of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, one of the largest renewable energy projects in the region.
The project, which is based on the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model, is another achievement that will put Dubai and the UAE at the forefront of the countries in the region in producing renewable and clean energy, said a statement from Dewa.
Dubai is making significant and steady progress in increasing dependence on renewable and clean energy, it added.
The utility firm had recently announced that it had boosted the share of renewable energy targets in Dubai’s energy mix to 7% by 2020 and 15% by 2030, and doubled the capacity of phase two of the Solar Park from 100 to 200 megawatt (MW).
The last date for submitting the bids is May 3. The project’s tender is expected to be released in third quarter.
“After getting the lowest global cost of production of photovoltaic (PV) energy for the second phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, and doubling its capacity from 100 to 200MW, we are pleased to announce the third project with a capacity of 800 MW. We are on the right track to achieve the Solar Park’s total capacity of 3,000MW,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, the managing director and chief executive of Dewa.
“We are determined to continue building and developing a greener economy, to achieve the UAE Vision 2021 to achieve a sustainable environment in terms of air quality, conserving water resources, more reliance on clean energy, and implementing green development,” he added.
Dewa manages and operates the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which is one of the largest renewable energy projects in the region.
The 13MW first phase became operational in 2013. The consortium led by Saudi Arabia’s ACWA and Spain’s TSK was selected to implement the 200MW second phase of the Solar Park, which will be operational by 2017.
The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is one of the largest strategic renewable energy projects in the world that is based on the IPP model.
Source: Trade Arabia