Al Tayer: Dubai has become the benchmark for solar energy prices worldwide

«Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Energy» is an essential pillar to reach 100% clean energy in Dubai by 2050

  • Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer: "The percentage of clean energy production capacity has reached 11.4% of the total energy mix in Dubai, and is expected to reach 14% by the end of 2022."

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The UAE launched its strategic initiative to achieve climate neutrality by 2050, becoming the first country in the Middle East and North Africa to launch this strategic initiative.

Dubai also launched the Carbon Neutrality 2050 strategy, to provide 100% of the energy production capacity from clean energy sources by 2050.

One of the largest renewable and clean energy projects implemented by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority to achieve this goal is the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Energy Complex, the largest solar energy complex in one location in the world, with a production capacity of 5,000 megawatts by 2030, with investments of up to 50 billion dirhams.

When completed, the complex will contribute to reducing more than 6.5 million tons of carbon emissions annually.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, confirmed that "the regulatory and legislative frameworks in Dubai, which allow the participation of the private sector in energy production projects in the Emirate of Dubai, encouraged global investors and developers to participate in the projects of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Energy Complex." Solar Energy, which is implemented by the Authority under the Independent Energy Producer system, noting that “the Authority has attracted investments estimated at 40 billion dirhams through this model, which encourages partnership between the public and private sectors, and has achieved world records at the lowest prices for solar energy projects for five consecutive times. Dubai has become the benchmark for solar energy prices worldwide.”

Sustainability and innovation

He added: "We are working at DEWA within the framework of the vision and directives 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 innovation, and the transition towards a sustainable green economy, by increasing the percentage of clean and renewable energy, to achieve the objectives of the Dubai strategy. Clean Energy 2050, and the 2050 Carbon Neutrality Strategy, to provide 100% of the energy production capacity from clean energy sources by 2050.”

Al Tayer continued: "The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Energy Complex, the largest solar energy complex in one location in the world, is our largest project to achieve this vision, as its production capacity will reach 5,000 megawatts by 2030. The capacity of the solar energy projects that have been operated is The complex has 1,527 megawatts using photovoltaic solar panels, and the authority has 1,333 megawatts projects under implementation using photovoltaic and concentrated solar power technologies, in addition to other future stages to reach 5,000 megawatts by 2030. The proportion of clean energy production capacity has reached about 11.4% of the total The energy mix in Dubai is expected to reach about 14% by the end of this year.”

The first stage

On October 22, 2013, the first phase of the complex with a capacity of 13 megawatts was commissioned.

The plant uses more than 152,000 photovoltaic panels connected to 13 transformers, converting voltage to 33 kilovolts, and produces about 28 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, and contributes to reducing more than 15,000 tons of carbon emissions annually.

On March 20, 2017, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum inaugurated the second phase of the complex with a capacity of 200 megawatts of solar photovoltaic energy, and it is the largest and first solar project of its kind in the region according to the independent producer system.

The authority implemented the second phase in cooperation with a consortium led by the Saudi company ACWA Power (the main developer) and the Spanish company TSK (the main contractor), at a cost of 1.2 billion dirhams.

The second phase of the complex provides clean energy for about 50,000 homes in Dubai, and contributes to reducing 214,000 tons of carbon emissions annually.

This phase included the installation of 2.3 million photovoltaic panels on an area of ​​4.5 square kilometers.

Solar Panels

In November 2020, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum inaugurated the third phase, with a capacity of 800 megawatts, of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Energy Complex, with investments amounting to 3.47 billion dirhams.

This phase provides clean energy to more than 240,000 homes in Dubai.

DEWA is implementing the fourth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Energy Complex, with a capacity of 950 megawatts, and investments amounting to 15.78 billion dirhams, according to the independent product system.

This stage is considered the largest investment project in one location in the world, combining the two technologies of concentrated solar energy and solar photovoltaic energy.

When completed, the fourth phase will be the largest solar energy storage project in the world for a period of 15 hours, allowing for energy availability 24 hours.

This phase will provide clean energy to about 320,000 homes, and will contribute to reducing 1.6 million tons of carbon emissions annually.

Innovation and Research

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park includes two pilot projects: the Innovation Center and the Research and Development Center.

Through the Innovation Center, DEWA aims to support innovation and creativity in the field of clean and renewable energy, raise awareness about sustainability, enhance national capabilities and enhance business competitiveness.

The Innovation Center provides visitors with a unique experience to explore the latest innovations in clean energy technologies.

The Research and Development Center supports the Authority's endeavors to foresee the future and develop long-term proactive plans to keep pace with the Fourth Industrial Revolution and innovate disruptive technologies.

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