Acciona Industrial, Grupo Gransolar and Ghella have completed the first stage of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park III in Dubai.

The first stage includes 200MW of the total 800MW of nominal power that the project will have upon completion.

Acciona Industrial Middle East director David de Lara said: “This is a very important milestone for us. We trust that this project will become a reference in the region and that other countries and private customers will turn to renewable energies.”

“Mohammed Bin Rashid solar park is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2020, prior to the opening of the Dubai EXPO.”

The contract for the Mohammed Bin Rashid solar park was awarded to the consortium formed by ACCIONA Industrial, Grupo Gransolar and Ghella in December 2016.

It includes 800MWAC of installed power, carried out under the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) model for a consortium comprising the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), Masdar and EDF.

The first stage of the Mohammed Bin Rashid solar park construction has seen the installation of 806,992 photovoltaic panels and 198 inverters, as well as the 132kV grid connection substation that uses innovative GIS technology.

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Grupo Gransolar United Arab Emirates manager Javier de la Cruz said: “This project requires an enormous effort in work and coordination, both because of its size and because of its location in the desert.

“We are very satisfied with the work done during this first stage. We are aware that this plant will be an example of photovoltaic power to be emulated, and we are proud to be a part of it.”

Mohammed Bin Rashid solar park is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2020, prior to the opening of the Dubai EXPO.