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Published on April 24th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan


100 MW Solar Power Plant Tender Opened In Dubai, UAE

April 24th, 2014 by  

dubai sunriseThe state utility company of Dubai, the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA), has officially opened a tender for a solar power plant 100 MW in size. The tender is for the second phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

The first phase of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park was opened in October 2013 and was only 13 MW in size, so this second phase is a big jump forward. However, it doesn’t amount to even one-fifth of the project’s planned size, which is 1,000 MW (1 GW).

The completion date for the entire 1 GW is targeted for the summer of 2017. Dubai aims to have 1% of its power needs supplied by solar by 2020. Neighboring emirate Abu Dhabi has a goal of 7% renewable energy in its electricity mix by 2020. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia has plans to get 54 GW from renewable energy, 41 GW from solar, by 2032 (5.1 GW of renewables by 2018 & 23.9 GW by 2020). It is expected to launch a 1 GW tender by the end of 2014.

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  • JamesWimberley

    Dubai, which started out as a gold smuggling port and lives essentially on its trading wits rather than its small oilfields, is typically ahead of its neighbours in actually doing something.

    The Gulf states and Saudi Arabia are planning lots of solar to maximise the export value of their oil and gas reserves, not burning them in power stations. The fit to daytime air-conditioning demand is excellent, as as is the insolation.

  • No way

    How about the expected percentage of fossil fuels in 2020?

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