Dubai launches 100MW PV tender

First Solar's approach points the route back into the black for the solar industry

Workers examine First Solar panels at the 13MW first phase of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum PV plant in Dubai

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has launched a tender for the 100MW Phase 2 of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

Part of a planned 1GW total capacity PV park that will cost more than 12bn dirhams ($3.6bn), the second phase will be one of the largest in the region when completed.

For the second stage of the tender, 24 international developers were shortlisted from the 49 applications DEWA received after a request in May last year.

The deadline for submitting the bids is 23 October, said DEWA.

The 13MW first phase of the PV project has already been inaugurated and connected to DEWA's grid.

The project is part of the "Dubai Integrated Strategy 2030" to diversify the energy mix in the country, which it expects to comprise 71% natural gas, 12% nuclear, 12% clean coal, and 5% solar.

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