Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park-1615623132021
The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is the largest single-site solar park in the world. Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has won the ‘2020 Middle East and Africa Renewables Deal of the Year’ from Project Finance International (PFI) magazine for the photovoltaic fifth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. PFI magazine, a subsidiary of Thomson Reuters, focuses on tracking and analysing projects, financial budgets and project deals worldwide.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dewa, received the award. Waleed Salman, Executive Vice President of Business Development and Excellence, and the project team also attended. “The 900MW fifth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park based on the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model is a quality addition to our successful clean and renewable energy projects using the best global technologies. The fifth phase will be implemented by Shuaa Energy 3, established by Dewa and the consortium led by ACWA Power and Gulf Investment Corporation. Dewa received the lowest global bid of 1.6953 US cents per kilowatt hour for this project, which will use the latest solar photovoltaic bifacial technologies, with Single Axis Tracking to increase energy production. We promise to continue implementing clean and renewable energy projects, guided by the vision and directives of our wise leadership to enhance the UAE’s pioneering position in all sectors,” added Al Tayer.

Clean energy plan

“The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is one of the pillars of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, to provide 75 per cent of Dubai’s total power capacity from clean energy sources by 2050. The solar park is the largest single-site solar park in the world with a planned production capacity of 5,000 megawatts by 2030,” said Al Tayer.

The fifth phase will provide clean energy to 270,000 residences in Dubai. This will reduce 1.18 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually. The project is due for commissioning in stages starting third quarter of 2021.

The PFI Awards are one of the industry’s most outstanding annual accolades. Every year, they honour individuals, organisations and projects with the best achievements and financial transactions in the world. The magazine’s journalists and high-profile independent figures in the industry audit the Awards.