Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Park. Image: Dominic Dudley Shutterstock

Phase IV of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park will be extended with an additional 250 MW of photovoltaic energy. The selling price of energy drops to $ 0.024 per kWh.

Dubai’s mega solar project continues to grow. Started in October 2012, the project now has two photovoltaic plants in operation, 13 MW (phase I) and 200 MW (phase II), and a third phase under construction comprising an 800 MW photovoltaic plant and a thermodynamic solar plant. 200 MW.

But for the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), this is only the beginning. With the ultimate goal of providing the emirate with 5 GW of new solar power, DEWA continues to expand its plans and, at the end of last week, announced the expansion of the fourth phase of the solar project: 700 MW of thermodynamics ( 600 MW of parabolic mirrors and 100 MW of solar tower surrounded by heliostats) were added to an additional 250 MW of photovoltaic modules.

Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Park, Dubai. Image: Dominic Dudley Shutterstock

The Authority also indicated that the electricity purchase contract, already signed with the Saudi giant ACWA Power for this fourth phase, has been updated. Specifically, the added “apostille” offers a price for solar power produced by 250 MW of only $ 0.024 per kWh. This is the lowest figure on record for a large-scale solar project in the United Arab Emirates. The previous record was set by the $ 0.0242 per kWh offered in March 2017 by the JinkoSolar and Marubeni joint venture for a 1.17 GW solar power plant in Abu Dhabi. For the Phase IV thermodynamic solar power plant, the selling price of the energy will remain as previously agreed at $ 0.073 per kWh.

“The project – recalls DEWA in a press release – will have the tallest solar tower in the world (260 meters) and the largest thermal energy storage system (capacity of 15 hours), which allows the production of electricity 24 hours a day. “

The company also announced that on the occasion of the Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Fair (WETEX 2018) at the end of October, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed with Siemens to build the first plant for the production of hydrogen by electrolysis using solar energy in the Mohammed bin Rashid Al. Maktoum solar park.