Sheikh Mohammed opens third phase of park bearing his name

Sheikh Mohammed opens third phase of park bearing his name

The latest 800 MW of the 5 GW solar field to go live takes Dubai past its 2020 clean energy target of 7% by ensuring 9% of the emirate’s power comes from clean sources, according to the Dubai Water and Electricity Authority.

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The Dubai Water and Electricity Authority (DEWA) today announced the official inauguration of the 800 MW third phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park – by the man himself.

UAE prime minister and vice president Sheikh Mohammed visited the site to open the third phase and take its operational capacity to 1,013 MW. The ruler of Dubai also had a tour of the fourth phase of the site, which is under construction and involves 700 MW of concentrating solar power generation capacity plus 250 MW of conventional photovoltaic panels.

The opening of the third phase of the giant park at Saih Al-Dahal, south of Dubai, means the emirate now obtains 9% of its electricity from clean energy sources, exceeding the emirati target of attaining 7% this year en route to a hoped-for 75%-clean-energy mix in Dubai by mid century.

The latest slice of operational capacity at a solar park which is set to stretch to 5 GW by 2030 has been under construction by French energy firm EDF since 2017 and is being jointly developed by DEWA and the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company.

The source of numerous world record-low solar energy prices, the huge development has been described as the world's largest single-site solar park with DEWA labelling the phase currently being built the world's largest single-site investment project and adding, it will feature the world's tallest solar power tower, at 262.44m.

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