The 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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