Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has released a tender for the 100MW-Phase II of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park to qualified Independent Power Producer (IPP) developers.
The project supports the Green Economy for Sustainable Development initiative launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to promote a green economy in the UAE.
It also supports the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 outlined by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy to diversify the energy mix by 2030.
DEWA received 49 qualification documents through open request for the qualification process which was released last May. A shortlist of 24 developers has been drawn up for the second phase of the tender. Deadline for submitting the bids is 23 October 2014.
"We are committed to the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to diversify the energy mix in Dubai. Through implementing the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, DEWA is fulfilling the vision of our prudent leadership for the sustainable development of Dubai," said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA.
"The Supreme Council of Energy in Dubai launched the Dubai Integrated Strategy 2030 to diversify the energy mix by 2030 to comprise 71% from natural gas, 12% from nuclear power, 12% from clean coal, and 5% from solar power. The park is one of the biggest renewable-energy projects in the region at a cost of AED12bn ($3.2bn). It will produce 1,000 megawatts upon completion. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum inaugurated the first phase of the Photovoltaic Power Plant with a capacity of 13 megawatts. It has been connected to DEWA 's grid which covers the whole of the Emirate," added Al Tayer.