September 2017

Dubai Launches World’s Largest Concentrated Solar Power Project

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Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai recently launched the world’s largest concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, a major breakthrough in the UAE’s goal to produce 75 per cent of its energy requirements from renewable sources by 2050.

The new CSP plant, will have the unique advantage of being able to store energy for when the sun has set, something that was previously impossible with traditional photovoltaic technology.

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is building the 700MW extension to the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Complex in partnership with Acwa Power and Shanghai Power, a move that will triple the capacity of the facility over and above the preliminary plans for the extension.

The new plant will deliver energy at very low cost to customers, 7.3 US cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh). A total of AED 500 million will be allocated for research and development in the field of smart networks and enhancement of energy efficiency. The project will feature the world’s tallest solar tower, measuring 260 metres.

"The implementation of the largest CSP plant in the world demonstrates the UAE leadership's commitment to the production of clean and renewable energy, and solidifies our place among the most advanced countries in this industry," announced Sheikh Mohammed at the launch.

He added, "we will continue to implement projects that serve comprehensive development directions in our state and advances the ambitious goals we have set for the future, which we will start implementing today”.

“Awarding this strategic project supports the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to promote sustainability, and make Dubai a global centre for clean energy and a green economy,” said Saeed Al Tayer, the Managing Director and Chief Executive of DEWA.

He added, “This vision is supported by the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to increase the share of clean energy in Dubai’s total power output to 7 per cent by 2020, 25 per cent by 2030, and 75 per cent by 2050.”

The new plant will be rolled out in phases, with first delivery expected in 2020.

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