State utility Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has issued a request for proposal (RFP) for floating solar photovoltaic (PV) plants in the Arabian Gulf.

The new initiative will support the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 (DCES 2050).

Under the strategy, Dubai aims to generate 75% of the region’s total power output from clean sources by 2050.

The RFP is for the appointment of consultants to study, develop and construct floating solar PV plants in the area.

According to the tender, consultancy services include conducting a feasibility study, the technical requirements for a floating solar PV plant, an assessment report on environmental impact and a marine requirements study.

It will also include conducting studies on establishing electrical transmission, safety plan, and seawater feasibility studies.

DEWA managing director and CEO Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer said: “At DEWA, we work in line with the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice-president and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to achieve economic, social, and environmental sustainable development and preserve natural resources within the framework of federal and local strategies, including the UAE Vision 2021, UAE Centennial 2071, the Dubai Plan 2021, and the DCES 2050, as directed by His Highness, to make Dubai the city with the lowest carbon footprint in the world by 2050.”

In order to achieve DCES 2050, Dubai will need 42,000MW production capacity of clean and renewable energy by 2050.

The single-site Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is one of several projects launched by DEWA as part of the strategy.

Built with a total investment of AED50bn (13.6bn), the solar park has a planned capacity of 5,000MW by 2030.