DUBAI, Oct 22 – Dubai added another first to its credit in the region today with the emirate commissioning the first phase of Dubai’s mega solar power project. His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai formally launched the first phase of the project that is being seen as a landmark in sustainable growth in harmony with the environment. Dubai’s pioneering project in sustainability started feeding 13MW of energy to the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s network through photovoltaic technology, on the World Energy Day.
The project will generate 24million KW hours of electricity per year.
Shaikh Mohammed also launched the next phase of the plant that will produce 100MW through public-private partnership. “This will be based on an independent power producing model based on the partnership between the public and private sectors,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, the Managing Director and CEO of Dewa which supervises and manages project financed by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy.
The second phase will be completed in three years. Upon total completion of the plant by 2030, the solar plant will have a power production capacity of 1000MW.