Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has selected ACWA Power and TSK for setting up a 200MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in Dubai, the UAE.

The development will mark the second phase of the 1GW Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which has been scheduled to be completed by 2030.

The PV plant is to be based on the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model, and is likely to be operational by April 2017.

Selection was carried out through a bidding process. It is reported that the consortium, formed by ACWA Power and TSK, will receive levelised cost of energy (LCOE) at $5.84 cents/kWh for a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA).

"Solar energy will account for 1% of Dubai’s total energy production by 2020 and 5% by 2030."

Apart from raising the solar power generation capacity of Dubai to 220MW, this Phase 2 project of the solar park development will also bring down annual carbon emissions by 250,000t.

DEWA managing director & CEO Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer said: "As you know, the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park supports the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, developed by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, to diversify Dubai’s energy mix.

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"Solar energy will account for 1% of Dubai’s total energy production by 2020 and 5% by 2030."

The first phase involved construction of a 13MW solar park, which has already been opened and connected to DEWA’s grid.

The 1GW Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park will span across 40km² and will use both PV and solar thermal technology.

Image: Contract signing ceremony for the second phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. Photo: courtesy of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority.