The Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler
of Dubai HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum broke
ground on the 700MW fourth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Solar Park, the biggest Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project in the world.
The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is the largest
single-site solar park in the world, based on the IPP (Independent Power
Producer ) model.
It will generate 1,000MW by 2020 and 5,000MW by 2030. The
13MW photovoltaic first phase became operational in 2013. The 200MW
photovoltaic second phase of the solar park was launched in March 2017. The
800MW photovoltaic third phase will be operational by 2020, and the first stage
of the 700MW CSP fourth phase will be commissioned in Q4 of 2020.
The project features the world’s tallest solar tower
measuring 260 metres and the world’s largest thermal energy storage capacity,
will provide clean energy to over 270,000 residences in Dubai, reducing carbon
emissions by 1.4 million tonnes annually.
The CSP project will use two technologies for the production
of clean energy: the 600MW parabolic basin complex and the 100MW solar tower
over a total area of 43 square kilometres.
This project which has an investment of AED14.2 billion (USD
3.9 billion), has achieved the world’s lowest Levelised Cost of Electricity
(LCOE) of USD 7.3 cents per kilowatt hour (kW/h). LCOE is the net present value
of the per unit-cost of electricity over the lifetime of a generating asset. This
measure allows the comparison of different technologies of unequal life spans,
project size, different capital cost, risk, return, and capacities
This will also help in achieving the target of providing 75%
of Dubai's total power output from clean sources by 2050 under the Dubai
Clean Energy Strategy 2050. The strategy seeks to transform Dubai into a
global hub for clean energy and green economy; establishing the Emirate as the
city with the lowest carbon footprint in the world.
Achieving these targets is estimated to require more than 42,000 MW of
clean and renewable energy by 2050. This project has a planned capacity of
5,000 MW by 2030, with a total of AED 50 billion (US$13.6 billion) in
The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park will provide
Expo 2020 Dubai with a dedicated capacity of 464MW of clean energy, making it the
first Expo in the world to be completely powered by clean energy, according to
the press release.
His Highness said that developing the UAE’s infrastructure
is a top priority for the leadership and vital to raising the country’s global
“We will continue
pursuing ambitious investments with an emphasis on projects that have a
positive impact on people’s lives. Clean and renewable energy is key to
sustainable development and the UAE has set an example for its rapid adoption,”
Sheikh Mohammed added.
HH Sheikh Mohammed was accompanied at the ground-breaking
ceremony by Deputy Ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al
Maktoum and President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Dubai
Supreme Council of Energy HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, apart from
ministers, and director generals and senior officials of Dubai Government
HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai
Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) said, “Today’s achievement supports HH
Sheikh Mohammed’s directives to expedite the pace of clean and renewable energy
projects, in order to secure a happy future and enhance the quality of life for
our future generations in an economy that doesn’t rely on oil, realising the
dream of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu
Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, which has already
become a reality.”
"At ACWA Power we are proud of our role in obtaining
the lowest price globally for the second phase of the solar park, Shuaa Energy
1 in Dubai. Today we are driving price reduction for Concentrated Solar Power
projects globally, achieving more than just one unprecedented world record, by
constructing the world's tallest 260-meter solar tower and providing the
highest storage capacity of 15 hours throughout the day,” said HE Mohammad Abu
Nayyan, Chairman of ACWA Power.
Cao Min, President of Shanghai Electric, said, “On behalf of
Shanghai Electric, I would like to express warm congratulations on the
groundbreaking of this project and gratitude to those who have been dedicating
to making contributions in pushing forward the project. This project is by far
the largest and most advanced concentrated solar power project co-developed by
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority and ACWA Power, implemented by Shanghai
Electric as EPC contractor.”
 IPPs are private
entities (under unbundled market), which own and or operate facilities to
generate electricity and then sell it to a utility, central government buyer
and end users.