Awards for phase 3 of Dubai solar park in Q1

Dubai is to announce the winners of the third phase of a $3.3 billion solar energy park in the first quarter.

The contract for the additional 800 MW of solar power capacity are set to be shared by more than one company, according to Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, chief executive officer of Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA).
Dubai iconic building in solar
DEWA is still deciding whether to build the plant all at once or at different times to take advantage of lower costs. In January, DEWA tripled its target for solar energy production to take advantage of lower building costs.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest crude exporter, has ample solar resources and open land and eventually “won’t need fossil fuels,” Oil Minister Ali Al-Naimi said in May.

DEWA in January awarded a contract to build a 200 MWplant to a group led by Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power International, in the second phase of the park. The first solar factory at the park started in October 2013, with a 13 MW photovoltaic plant that was the largest of its type in the Middle East and North Africa at the time. First Solar Inc built the facility at a cost of $33m-$35m.

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