Wednesday, April 22, 2015


Article originally published in, on April 20th, 2015

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is planning to issue tenders for the 800MW third phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park, in the third quarter.
Based on the independent power producer (IPP) model, the project is part of Dubai's efforts to increase the share of renewable and clean energy in the energy mix to 7% by 2020 and 15% by 2030.
Proposals for a project consultant will be accepted from 1 April to 3 May, and the tender will be released in Q3.

Dewa managing director and CEO Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer said: "We are on the right track to achieve the Solar Park's total capacity of 3,000MW.

"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.

"We support the long-term Green Economy for Sustainable Development National initiative to build a green economy in the UAE. We also support Dubai Plan 2021 to establish Dubai as a smart and sustainable city, whose environmental elements are clean, healthy, and sustainable.

"Our efforts also complement the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 to diversify energy sources to include 71% from natural gas, 15% from solar energy, 7% from clean coal, and 7% from nuclear power."

The 13MW first phase of the Solar Park was commissioned in 2013. The ACWA and TSK-led consortium was selected to implement the 200MW second phase, which is scheduled to enter service by 2017.