Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has reached a significant milestone by commissioning the 200MW second unit of the parabolic basin complex in the fourth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. This phase, which employs the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model with investments totalling AED 15.78 billion, is expected to provide clean energy for around 320,000 residences and reduce carbon emissions by 1.6 million tonnes annually. Notably, the 950MW 4th phase represents the world’s largest single-site project combining Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) and photovoltaic technologies.
HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, emphasized the significance of this achievement, stating, “The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park’s projects constitute one of the key pillars of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and the Dubai Net Zero Carbon Emissions Strategy 2050 to provide 100% of the energy production capacity from clean energy sources by 2050.”
Al Tayer also highlighted DEWA’s ongoing efforts to expand its renewable and clean energy initiatives, including energy storage projects like the 250MW pumped-storage hydroelectric power plant in Hatta and the Green Hydrogen project.
The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, with its planned total capacity of 5,000 MW by 2030, is recognized as the world’s largest single-site solar park. DEWA, in collaboration with the ACWA Power-led consortium, established Noor Energy 1 as the project company responsible for designing, building, and operating the 4th phase of the solar park. DEWA holds a 51% stake in the company, ACWA Power holds 25%, and the Chinese Silk Road Fund owns 24%.
The 4th phase of the Solar Park utilizes three hybrid technologies to generate clean energy, including 600MW from a parabolic basin complex, 100MW from the world’s tallest solar power tower, and 250MW from photovoltaic solar panels. The project boasts the largest thermal storage capacity globally, enabling round-the-clock availability of solar energy. It encompasses more than 790,000 photovoltaic solar panels, over 63,600 parabolic trough collectors, and 70,000 mirrors (heliostats) that track the sun’s movement.
The construction of the first and second units of the fourth phase, along with the associated photovoltaic solar panels, is 100% complete, while the third unit of the parabolic basin complex and additional photovoltaic solar panels are nearing completion at 87.1%.