Dubai boosts PV project to 200MW, lines up ACWA

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has doubled the capacity of Phase 2 of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park to 200MW, naming ACWA Power and TSK as preferred bidders to build it.

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 it becomes operational by April 2017.

After a tender, a consortium led by Saudi Arabia's ACWA Power and Spain's TSK was selected as preferred bidder based on its proposal of $0.0585/kWh.

"Solar energy will account for 1% of Dubai's total energy production by 2020 and 5% by 2030," said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO of DEWA.

The 13MW first phase of the Rashid Al Maktoum Solar project has already been inaugurated and connected to DEWA's grid, after being built and equipped by First Solar of the US.