Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) opened the tender process for developers to begin the second phase of Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, worth Dh1 billion (US$272 million).
Phase two of the project involves construction of a 100-megawatt installation to be built in public private partnership.
The project will be located about 50 km south of the city of Dubai. The expanded solar project will be commissioned by the summer of 2017.
DEWA is looking for a developer or a consortium of developers to take a share of the facility's ownership. DEWA will establish a power purchase agreement for the output of the new facility. Interested parties must submit their expressions of interest (EOI) on or before 24 April 2014.
Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dewa, stated:
The second phase of the Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park will be included as one of the main expansion projects for Dewa this year which will increase capacity from 13 mega watt to 113 mega watt while the park will produce 1000MW by 2030.
The whole solar park project was launched in October 2013 with the connection of its inaugural 13MW PV plant. It plans to have 1GW of capacity by 2030. The solar park is part of Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 that aims to have an energy mix consisting of five per cent solar, 12 per cent nuclear, 12 per cent clean coal and 71 per cent natural gas by 2030.
The United Arab Emirates is the first country in the MENA region to commit to a green economy strategy and Dubai is leading the region in green infrastructure investment from renewable energy and green building to public transport and green technologies.
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