Dubai is set to have the world’s largest solar photovoltaic (PV) plant with a capacity of more than 1000MW.
The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park (Phase III) will have around 3M solar PV panels and cover roughly 17.8 km2 once operational in 2020. It will also prevent 1.4Mt of CO2 emissions being released every year.
The project – for Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and renewable energy firm Masdar – is being carried out in three stages and its completion is expected to coincide with the 2020 Dubai Expo.
“This important milestone is a clear demonstration of the strong momentum behind the expansion of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, now including partnerships with Gransolar, Acciona and Ghella – respected international companies with a strong track record in renewables,” said Masdar chief executive Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi.
“At Masdar, we are proud to be supporting the UAE in realising its bold clean energy targets, and we are grateful for DEWA’s excellent leadership in this benchmark project.”
The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) consortium is being led by renewables firm Gransolar and includes Spanish infrastructure firm Acciona along with Italian construction company Ghella.