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Dubai expands plan for phase 4 of giant solar park

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) on Saturday announced plans to expand the fourth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

The state utilty said it has signed an amendment to the power purchase agreement with the consortium led by Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power which includes adding 250MW of photovoltaic solar panels, at a cost of 2.4 US cents per kilowatt hour.

With this addition, the total capacity of the fourth phase of the solar park will rise from 700MW to 950MW, a statement said, adding that the total investment for the project has increased to AED16 billion ($4.36 billion).

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, said: “The capacity expansion of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park’s further consolidates the UAE’s leadership in the field of sustainable development and provides another impetus to our clean energy strategy.

“The UAE’s leaders accord this sector high priority in their vision for the nation’s future... We see this project being a unique model for large clean energy projects elsewhere in the world. This ambitious initiative also adds a new facet to our cooperation with two of our strongest partners, Saudi Arabia and China,” he added.

Noor Energy 1 was launched in a partnership between DEWA, ACWA Power and China’s Silk Road Fund to build the fourth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

The project will use three technologies to produce clean energy - 600MW from a parabolic basin complex, 100MW from a solar tower and 250MW from photovoltaic panels.

The project will have the world’s tallest solar tower at 260 metres, and the largest thermal energy storage capacity in the world of 15 hours, which allows for energy generation round the clock.

The 13MW photovoltaic first phase became operational in 2013. The 200MW photovoltaic second phase of the solar park was launched in March 2017 while the 800MW photovoltaic third phase will be operational by 2020.

Source: arabianbusiness

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