The most recent phase of the largest single-site solar park in the world, which was officially opened in Dubai on Sunday, will power 270,000 homes. More than one million tonnes of carbon emissions each year will be decreased because to this sustainable energy.
His Majesty The 900 megawatt (MW) fifth phase of the solar park bearing his name was officially opened by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai.
The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, with a Dh50 billion investment, will eventually cut 6.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions yearly. Seih Al Dahl’s enormous park is designed after the Independent Power Producer (IPP) business model.
Despite the implementation having started during the Covid-19 pandemic, the most recent phase—which saw more than 6.8 million safe working hours—was finished earlier than expected—in June 2023 as opposed to December 2023.
One of the first initiatives in the Middle East is the fifth phase, which integrates a cutting-edge robotic cleaning system for photovoltaic panels with artificial intelligence (AI). The fifth phase covers a total area of about 10 square km.
“By taking decisive steps to switch to renewable energies and tackle climate change, the UAE is in the forefront of international efforts to create a more sustainable future for all of humanity. We will continue to put sustainability at the centre of our growth plans in 2023, the UAE’s Year of Sustainability and the year we will host COP28, and we will make new progress towards creating a fully environmentally friendly economy.
He continued by saying that Dubai has created a clear plan and roadmap to reach its goals of obtaining 25% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2030 and 100% by 2050.
With a variety of efforts, Dubai is steadfast in its determination to rank among the world’s most sustainable cities. Another illustration of our commitment to public-private partnerships is the project at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which is moving along quickly.
In order to boost energy output and plant efficiency, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has implemented this phase employing the most recent solar photovoltaic bifacial technologies.
Through Shuaa Energy 3, a cooperation between Dewa (60%) and a group headed by ACWA Power and Gulf Investment Corporation (40%) is part of the Dh2 billion phase. By submitting the lowest proposal for the fifth phase—$1.6953 per kilowatt hour (kWh)—the Dewa set a new record.
The solar park’s completed solar energy installations have a combined 2,427MW of capacity. The amount of clean energy in Dubai’s mix has increased by Dewa to above 16%.