First Solar says the international company headquartered in the United States will supply its high performance photovoltaic (PV) modules to power the 200 megawatt (MW) second phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.
The utility scale solar plant will be the largest facility of its kind in the Middle East when completed in early 2017. The plant will produce enough energy to power 30,000 average homes in the UAE and will displace over 469,650 metric tons of carbon dioxide each year.
The project will be powered by over 2.36 million First Solar modules, compared to the 152,880 that were installed in the 13 MW first phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. The plant will be built over an area of almost 4.5 million square meters, sufficient to cover as many as 100 soccer pitches.
This project’s impact on the global energy transition cannot be overstated. It has effectively driven down the cost of solar electricity, marking a new milestone in solar PV’s evolution as a mainstream energy resource. First Solar has earned the position of being the leading PV solutions provider in the Middle East, with a projected installed capacity of at least 270 MW across the region by 2017. -Ahmed S. Nada, Vice President and Region Executive for the Middle East at First Solar
First Solar modules will be installed at the 52.5 MW Shams Ma’an solar PV plant, currently under construction in Jordan and scheduled for completion in the second half of 2016.
Earlier this year, a consortium led by ACWA Power, a leading water and power developer, owner and operator based in Saudi Arabia, and TSK, a Spanish engineering and construction company, was selected by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) to develop, construct, own and operate the independent power project. According to the consortium, the project’s tariff of 5.84 USD cents per kilowatt-hour establishes a new global benchmark, reducing the cost of solar electricity by over 20%.
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By Amber Archangel