Dubai Prime Minister Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has officially opened the 200MW first stage of the 800MW third phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.
The site is reported to be one of the major projects being implemented by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) by partnering with a consortium comprising Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, Masdar, and EDF Energies Nouvelles.
DEWA managing director and CEO Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer said: “Today marks the commissioning of the first stage of the third phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. This phase is a key milestone and shows our strong belief in the role of clean energy in shaping a sustainable future.
“This also contributes to realising the vision of our wise leadership led by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the directives of Your Highness, and the aspirations of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, for a post-oil era.
“Through this national landmark, which Emirati youth help grow every day, they are establishing a happy and prosperous society that will achieve the UAE Centennial 2071 objective of making our nation the best country in the world.”
In June 2016, DEWA signed a partnership agreement with Masdar to implement the 800MW third phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.
The second stage of the third phase will be completed by next year, while the third stage is slated for completion in 2020.
The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is reported to be the first of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa and is equipped with an advanced solar tracking system to increase generation efficiency.
Masdar chairman Dr Sultan bin Ahmad Sultan Al Jaber said: “The UAE’s impressive progress in the field of renewable energy would not have been achieved without the vision of its leadership, which aims to strengthen the energy security of the country by building on the foundation of its hydrocarbon sector to create a diverse mix, including conventional energy, renewables and nuclear energy.”