Even as the Dubai solar power park secured yet another record-breaking tariff bid for the third phase construction of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park, the second phase is in full swing.

GE has secured an order to supply inverters worth 220 MW for the second phase of the solar power park. The company shall supply its LV5 series of inverters to the project.

The order was placed by the EPC constructor for the 200 MW phase 2 project – TSK Group. The company was part of the consortium headed by ACWA Power that had quoted the lowest tariff bid for the phase 2 auction – US¢5.84/kWh.

GE inverters were chosen as they are liquid cooled and ‘rated for outdoor use in the harshest conditions imaginable’.

Last year, ABB had secured $20 million contract for supply and installation of sub-stations required for the evacuation of electricity.

Once the installed capacity at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park reaches 200 MW it would be able to meet power demand of about 30,000 homes and offset greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to about 250,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) plans to invest billions of dollars into the expansion of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park. The authority has upgraded plans for the installed capacity of the solar park. From an initial target of 1 GW by 2019, DEWA now plans to have 3 GW installed capacity at the park by 2030.

The solar power park is central to DEWA’s target to source 7% of Dubai’s total power output from renewable energy sources by 2020 and 15% by 2030.

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