Masdar, as part of a consortium, is developing the third phase of the 800 megawatt (MW) Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (MBR) Solar Park. Phase 3 is part of what will be the largest single-site solar park in the world, with a planned capacity of 5,000MW by 2030. The photovoltaic (PV) plant is being developed on a 16 square kilometre site in Seih Al Dahal, located on the outskirts of Dubai.
Owned by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), the third phase is being developed by Shuaa Energy 2, the project company that includes Masdar, EDF Renewables and DEWA. A Masdar-led consortium won the project in July 2016, as a result of offering the lowest recorded bid for a solar plant at the time, valued at 2.99 US cents per kilowatt hour (kW/h).
Construction of Phase 3 began in January 2017. The first 200MW came on stream in April 2018, becoming the largest solar power plant to track the path of the sun, and the first of its kind in the Middle East. The second 300MW is scheduled to be completed by Q2 2019, and the final 300MW is planned for April 2020, to coincide with the World Expo 2020 in Dubai.
When complete, the 800MW facility will offset 1.4 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.