A Masdar- led consortium is developing the third phase of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which is an 800 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) plant. 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 plant is being developed on a 16 square kilometre area in Seih Al Dahal, located on the outskirts of Dubai.

Owned by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), the third phase will be developed by a Masdar-led consortium. The 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 Januar 2017. The first 200 MW came on stream in April 2018, becoming the largest solar power plant to track the path of the sun, and first of its kind in the Middle East. The second 300 MW is scheduled to be completed by April 2019, and the final 300 MW 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.

Project Info

Technologies Used
Self-Cleaning Robots Solar Tracking
Location
Dubai
Project Completion Year
2020
Status
Under development, first 200 MW stage is operational

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