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Dubai To Set Up 1 GW Concentrated Solar Power Project

After the record-breaking success in received in the auctions of 500 MW solar PV power capacity, Dubai is now planning to set up concentrated solar power (CSP) project.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has announced plans to set up 1 GW CSP capacity at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park. The project could very well be the largest CSP project in the world.

DEWA plans to have 1 GW CSP capacity operational by 2030 and will soon launch tender to allocate 200 MW capacity. The expansion of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park is part of DEWA’s strategy to meet its renewable energy target.

Dubai plans to source 7% of its electricity demand from clean energy sources by 2020. This share is slated to be increased to 25% by 2030 and 75% by 2050.

Dubai plans to have an installed capacity of 5 GW at Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park by 2030. At least 3 GW of this capacity will be based on solar PV technology.

The first phase of the solar power park, 13 MW, is already operational. The second phase of 200 MW capacity is being developed by ACWA Power and TSK and is expected to be operational by April 2017. The third phase of 800 MW capacity was recently auctioned to a consortium of Abdul Latif Jameel (Saudi Arabia) + Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (Spain) + Masdar (UAE) for the low solar price bid of 2.99¢/kWh.