Dubai Picks ACWA For Solar Expansion, Plans 200MW

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has selected Saudi firm ACWA Power and Spain’s TSK as the preferred bidding consortium for Phase 2 of the Dh12bn ($3.4bn) Muhammad bin Rashid Al Maktum Solar Park, being built 50km south of Dubai city at Seih al-Dahal.

DEWA also announced a doubling of Phase 2 capacity from 100MW to 200MW. DEWA chief executive Sa’id al-Tayir says the capacity hike will make Phase 2 “one of the biggest strategic new independent power producer (IPP) projects in the renewable energy market worldwide.”

Phase 2 will deploy solar photovoltaic (PV) technology and be operational by April 2017. DEWA’s solar park will have total capacity of 1GW when completed in 2030. The first phase of the park, a 13MW solar PV plant, was built by US firm First Solar and connected to the grid in October 2013 (MEES, 25 October 2013). (CONTINUED - 280 WORDS)