Published: Mon, September 18, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Dubai green lights world's tallest solar tower for world's largest solar park

Dubai green lights world's tallest solar tower for world's largest solar park

The consortium bid the lowest Levelised Cost of Electricity (LCOE) of United States dollars 7.3 cents per kilowatt hour (kW/h), a statement from DEWA said. The new addition will give the facility a capacity of 5,000 MW by 2030, with a 260-m (853-ft) solar tower to take center stage.

Based on the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model, this is the largest single-site Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project in the world. According to the company, the power purchase agreement (PPA) and financial close on the project are "due to be finished shortly".

MBR is part of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, to transform Dubai into "an worldwide hub for clean energy and green economy", by providing 7% of Dubai's power output from clean resources by 2020, 25% by 2030, and 75% by 2050.

Paddy Padmanathan, president and CEO of ACWA Power, stated, "This project is a game changer in our quest to decarbonise electricity generation by making available renewable energy at a price that competes with fossil fuel generated electricity without subsidy not just when the sun is shining but at any time of the day and night".

"Also, it is in line with the Saudi vision 2030, which seeks to maximise the Saudi investment base outside the Kingdom and in line with Sheikh Mohammed's vision to transform Dubai into a global hub for clean energy and green economy through Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050".


What is set to be the world's largest single-site solar park is getting a little larger, with the government of Dubai approving a 700-MW extension to the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park sits around 50 km (31 mi) south of Dubai and its first phase was inaugurated back in 2013.

The CSP project, which represents the fourth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, will generate 700MW of clean energy to support Dubai's electricity grid.

The 200MW photovoltaic second phase of the solar park was launched in March 2017.

The CSP project is being planned to be commissioned in phases, commencing from the fourth quarter of 2020.

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