Category Archives: UAE

UAE Secures 700-MW Concentrated Solar Power

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has achieved another world record.  This week, DEWA awarded a 700MW project priced at AED14.2 billion (US$3,86 billion).  The project is the fourth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. The award is the largest single-site Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project in the world.  It is also the largest CSP project based on the IPP model. The contract is awarded to a consortium comprising Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power and China’s Shanghai Electric.

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Pumped Storage – Al Hattawi Dam, Dubai

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) will build the  first hydroelectric power station in the GCC.  DEWA will build a 250-MW pumped storage facility powered by solar PV.

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA, announced the project.  HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai was also present.  

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Super Cheap Solar Power for Dubai

DEWAplotThe Dubai Electricity and & Water Authority (DEWA) just completed a tender for 100 MW of solar PV, and the delivered power system price is an amazingly low $0.059 / kWh.

Typically, the leveled cost of energy for solar PV is between $0.085 – $0.11 / kWh for GCC countries given solar irradiance, use of high efficiency panels, and cost competitive engineering. The low end of this range is best suited for vertically integrated OEMs with EPC services, or IPPs with scale in equipment purchasing who buy modules close to the cost of goods sold.  But IPPs with low construction costs are making their mark.

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O&M for PV Plants in MENA

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority

This week, PV Insider, CSP Today and MENASOL hosted a seminar on Optimal O&M for PV Plants in MENA.  It gave practical insight into some of the soiling and O&M issues that developers, asset managers, and debt providers take into account in O&M planning and budgeting.

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