First Solar wins deal for Dubai solar park

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First Solar employees work on the solar power station in Blythe, California. Photo – First Solar

As part of the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) awarded a contract to construct the initial phase of the $3.3bn Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park to First Solar.

As per the agreement, First Solar will provide consultancy in engineering, procurement and construction services. The 13-megawatt solar plant is expected to cover 48 sq km and produce 1,000MW of clean energy. According to Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA, the first phase is the PV plant installation.

The power plant is set to start operations by the end of next year and is expected to generate about 22 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year. This amount is sufficient to meet the average electricity demand of more than 500 households. This will also displace more than 14,000 metric tons of CO2 annually, which is equivalent to removing 1,600 cars from the road every year.

The solar park will be implemented by Dubai’s Supreme Council of Energy (SCE), but managed and operated by DEWA.

First Solar opened an office in Dubai and is planning to establish an office in Saudi Arabia too. Jim Hughes, CEO of First Solar, said: “We are delighted that DEWA has chosen First Solar to build the first phase of this flagship project, which illustrates our strategy to provide comprehensive solar power plant solutions in sustainable markets.”

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