First Solar to deliver modules for 200MW solar power project in Dubai

US solar major First Solar will supply photovoltaic (PV) modules to support the 200MW AC second phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai, UAE.

Under the terms of the agreement, the company will deliver more than 2.36 million PV modules for the second phase, which is scheduled to be commissioned by April 2017.

ACWA Power president and CEO Paddy Padmanathan said: “The technology we plan to implement has a proven advantage over conventional solar panels, delivering more annual energy for the same nameplate watts under the specific project conditions of the DEWA project.

“The organic performance growth program that First Solar is developing with their photovoltaic (PV) modules sets a benchmark in the PV industry, allowing us to benefit from a long-term reliable and durable power generation technology for projects of this scale.”

Earlier this year, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) selected ACWA Power-led consortium and Spanish engineering and construction company TSK to develop, construct, own and operate the 200MW solar power plant, which is expected to reduce over 469,650tof carbon dioxide emissions per year.

The tariff of the project has been set at $0.0584 per kilowatt-hour, reducing the solar electricity price by more than 20%.

Expected to produce clean electricity required to power 30,000 average homes, the power plant will be built over an area of almost 4.5km².

The 1GW Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is planned to be completed in 2030.

The13MW first phase has already been connected to DEWA’s grid, and is powered by 152,880 First Solar modules, which have been independently certified for reliable performance in high temperature, high humidity, extreme desert, and coastal environments