Dubai has made a major leap towards achieving a sustainable energy mix with launch of the second phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.
The 200MW plant was officially inaugurated today by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Its capacity is enough to generate clean energy for 50,000 residences in Dubai and will reduce 214,000 tonnes of carbon emissions a year.
It is the largest PV solar project in the world to be developed on the independent Power Producer (IPP) model project through a joint venture led by Saudi ACWA power, with Spain's TSK providing EPC services and the US' First Solar providing solar panels.
The entire project took less than 360 days to complete and it is expected to boost UAE’s renewable energy ambitions.
The Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Park will be the largest single-site solar energy project in the world, with a planned total production capacity of 1,000 megawatts by 2020 and 5,000 megawatts by 2030, enough to power 800,000 homes with a total investment of Dh50 billion. When completed, the solar park will reduce over 6.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually.