Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is one of the world's largest solar projects based on an independent power producer (IPP) model. Besides the three phases that consist of solar farms using PV technology, the long-term project will also include concentrating solar power (CSP). The total capacity of the entire project is planned to reach 5,000 MW by 2030.

The first phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, in Seih Al-Dahal, was the 13-megawatt (DC) solar farm (DEWA 13) that had been constructed by First Solar in 2013.

The second phase is a 200 MW photovoltaic plant constructed by ACWA Power, a Riyadh- based company, which was completed in April 2017. In 2015, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) announced the third phase of 800 MW, along with Dubai's revised target to increase the share of renewables on the energy mix to 7% by 2020, 25% by 2030 and 75% by 2050.

  • Solar Power Projects of 5000 MW by 2030
  • First Phase: 13MW launched on 22 October 2013
  • Second Phase: 200MW launched in April 2017
  • Third Phase: 800MW will be launched in stages, ending by 2020
  • Future Phase: Up to 5000MW by 2030

The Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 aims to provide 7% of Dubai’s energy from clean energy sources by 2020. It will increase this target to 25% by 2030 and 75% by 2050.

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is the world's largest renewable project on a single site based on the independent power producer (IPP) model. Besides the three phases that consist of solar farms using PV technology, the long-term project will also include concentrated solar power (CSP). The total capacity of the entire project is planned to reach 5,000 MW by 2030.

In parallel to the utility-scale projects of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, in March 2015 DEWA also launched a net-metering scheme to encourage companies and private individuals to install solar power on their homes and buildings. While the scheme is currently voluntary, solar panels are to be made mandatory for all buildings in Dubai by 2030.

In 2013, Shams Dubai's solar power station, a 100-megawatt (MW) CSP plant in Abu Dhabi became operational. The USD 600 million Shams 1, is the largest CSP plant (Parabolic Type) outside the United States and Spain and is expected to be followed by two more stations, Shams 2 and Shams 3.

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