DEWA completes 800 MW phase III of Dubai solar project (UAE)

26 Nov 2020

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has inaugurated the 800 MW third phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar project in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The third phase of 800 MW was completed in three stages: the first 200 MW stage was commissioned in 2018, the second 300 MW stage in 2019 and the third 300 MW stage in November 2020. The third phase of the project was developed by a consortium of DEWA, Masdar and EDF Énergies Nouvelles for a total investment of AED3.47bn (US$950m).

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar project combines PV and CSP with investments of up to AED 50bn (US$13.6bn). The project is expected to have a capacity of 5 GW by 2030. The 13 MW first phase became operational in 2013, using photovoltaic solar panels. The second phase (200 MW of solar PV) was commissioned in March 2017. The third phase of 800 MW has just been commissioned. The fourth phase (950 MW) will include 250 MW of solar PV, 600 MW from a parabolic basin complex, and 100 MW from a solar power tower including molten salt technology, and is expected to be operational in phases starting from the third quarter of 2021. In September 2020, ACWA Power signed all financing agreements for the fifth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the 900 MW Shuaa Energy 3 PSC solar PV project.

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