Clean Power Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park

Published on April 27th, 2015 | by Smiti Mittal

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Dubai Confirms 800 MW Expansion For Iconic Solar Power Project

April 27th, 2015 by  

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority has initiated the third phase of its iconic Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum Solar Park.

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar ParkThe third phase of the solar park expansion will include a capacity addition of 800 MW. Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) kick-started the tendering process for the expansion last week. The solar park will eventually be expanded to have an installed capacity of 3 GW.

The first phase of the solar park involved the installation of 13 MW capacity, and through the second phase tender, 100 MW capacity was famously auctioned to Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power at record-low average tariff of 5.84¢/kWh. The capacity awarded to ACWA Power was subsequently doubled, while the debt financing deal for the second phase expansion has been closed and the capacity is expected to be commissioned by 2017.

Earlier this month, the managing director and CEO of DEWA, Saeed Al Tayer, announced that the authority plans to have an installed capacity of 1 GW at the solar park by 2019. The 3 GW installed capacity is expected to be achieved by 2030.

Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum Solar Park is one of the landmark projects for the United Arab Emirates’ plan to source at least 24% of its total electricity demand from ‘clean energy’ sources like renewable energy and nuclear power.

Image Credit: DEWA


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works as a senior solar engineer at a reputed engineering and management consultancy. She has conducted due diligence of several solar PV projects in India and Southeast Asia. She has keen interest in renewable energy, green buildings, environmental sustainability, and biofuels. She currently resides in New Delhi, India.



  • Martin

    I am, sure counties in the middle east have very good solar potential.
    So it is a good thing that they want to use it
    It is a good thing when governments set good examples.
    Hopefully soon all the Re systems will lower the total energy on the planet.
    If that does not happen, us (mankind), may look at bad consequences.

  • jburt56

    A step in the right direction.

  • Alaa

    Dubai has a lot of skyscrapers that are covered buy mostly blue colored glass. This glass could be replaced to provide electricity, but it is not going be much. The country has enough space to install solar parks as the article says but it is useless since most of the natives of the UAE are living in a 1 or 2 story building with lots of space around them. Thus they can produce the electricity they need from solar and store it and consume it at the point of production. This eliminates the transamination which is a big saving. As for the very small percentage of buildings like Burg Kalifa these buildings are very expensive to maintain even if the fasad is covered by see through PV panels.
    I think that DEWA wants to keep a tight grip on the centralized way of life rather than the decentralized way. By the way if you have enough power in a decentralized way you can dig for water and they have a lot of it under there feet in the UAE.

    • yzy

      centralization(big buildings) can have big benefits too, you musst look at the logistic part. The people, and goods have small ways, maybe inside the building. From home to work to shopping etc…

      Big solar farms are cheaper and they can be cleaned easier from dust. And they can be used for big energy users like industry, water pumps, Desalination plants…
      I think a mix of centralization and decentralization is a good way.

      Buildings should use solar too, I think they use air conditioning so they dont need batterys to have big energy savings. But the Problem is energy is really cheap there so they need building laws or some other benefits for people who use rooftop solar. (Maybe only useful for small Buildings)

      I think they should use a Mix of Solar, Wind, Battery and Natural gas as Energy provider.

    • CR

      Transmission isn’t typically a huge loss, just a few percent even in sparsely populated countries. Do you have numbers for Dubai that show it would offer real savings?

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