Third phase of giant Dubai solar park to go online in April 2020.

The third phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site solar park in the world based on the independent power producer (IPP) model, will be operational in April, it was announced on Saturday.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), was briefed on the construction progress during a visit to the site of the solar park which has a planned capacity of 5,000MW once all phases are operational in 2030 with investments of AED50 billion.

Al Tayer visited the third stage of the 800MW third phase of the project, and met with Fawaz Al Muharrami, CEO of Shua’a Energy 2.

The current work focuses on operational preparations to evaluate the readiness of the substation. After the primary tests, the substation will undergo pilot operational tests, a statement said.

DEWA is building the 800MW third phase of the solar park in three stages, in partnership with a consortium led by Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) and EDF Group, through its subsidiary EDF Énergies Nouvelles.

The 200MW first stage became operational in May 2018 and the 300MW second stage became operational in August 2018.

The solar power projects currently operational in the solar park have a capacity of 713MW with a planned capacity of 1,013MW by April.

DEWA is currently implementing four more projects with a capacity of 2,150MW at the solar park, bringing the total capacity of the current five phases announced to 2,863MW.

DEWA intends to reach 5,000MW by 2030, to achieve the objectives of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, to produce 75 percent of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy, and make Dubai the city with the lowest carbon footprint in the world by 2050.

The 13MW first phase of the solar park became operational in 2013 and the 200MW photovoltaic second phase of the solar park was commissioned in March 2017 to provide clean energy to 50,000 residences in Dubai.

In November, it was announced that a consortium led by ACWA Power and Gulf Investment Corporation had been named as the preferred bidder to build and operate the 900MW fifth phase of the solar park.

Source: Arabian Business

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