Dubai desert solar park marks milestone

Dubai’s desert solar park has marked the completion of 200 MW of solar power build one month ahead of schedule.

It is eventually planned to have an overall capacity of 5000 MW at the park, which would make it the world’s largest by time of scheduled completion in 2030.
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Bloomberg reports that the $327m solar plant in the Dubai desert,à‚ led by developer ACWA Power International of Saudi Arabia, was scheduled to be completed in April.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, chief executive officer of the emirate’s utility said Dubai Electricity and Water Authority will buy power from the plant for 5.6 cents per kilowatt-hour, which was the lowest cost globally for solar power at the time the project was awarded in January 2015. Since then, DEWA has contracted power at an even lower price of 2.99 cents for another facility.

The solar plant started Monday will produce enough electricity for 50,000 homes. The United Arab Emirates, which holds about 6 per cent of global crude reserves, plans to spend 600 billion dirhams on renewable energy by the middle of the century, Energy Minister Suhail Al Mazrouei said in January.

Dubai will generate 10 percent of its electricity from renewables by 2020, he said, adding that construction for the third phase of the solar park, an 800 megawatt facility, is under way. Contracts for the fourth phase of the park will be awarded in June.

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