Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park

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Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park
CountryUnited Arab Emirates
LocationSeih Al-Dahal, Dubai
Coordinates24°45′17″N 55°21′54″E / 24.7547°N 55.365°E / 24.7547; 55.365Coordinates: 24°45′17″N 55°21′54″E / 24.7547°N 55.365°E / 24.7547; 55.365
Construction began2012
Commission date22 October 2013 (first phase)
Owner(s)Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA)
Operator(s)ACWA Power
Solar farm
TypeCombined PV and CSP plant
Site resource2150 kWh/(m2,yr)
Site area77 square kilometres (30 sq mi)
Power generation
Units operational1,013 MWp
Units under const.1850 MWp
Capacity factor24.6%
Annual net outputappr. 460 GWh/yr

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is a solar park spread over a total area of 77 km2 in Seih Al-Dahal, about 50 kilometers south of the city of Dubai.[1] The plant was implemented by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA). The first phase of the project was commissioned on 22 October 2013.


The solar park was announced by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in January 2012.[1] The first phase of the park was a 13 MWp solar farm (DEWA 13) constructed by First Solar.[2] It was commissioned on 22 October 2013. It uses 152,880 FS-385 black CdTe modules and generates about 28 GWh per year which corresponds to a capacity factor of 24.6%.[1][3][4]

The second phase is a 200 MWp[5] photovoltaic plant built at a cost of US$320 million by a consortium led by ACWA Power and Spanish company TSK. The second phase was scheduled to be commissioned by April 2017.[6] It was completed ahead of time, and commissioned on 22 March 2017. TSK served as the primary contractor for the project, while ACWA Power will operate the plant. The phase includes 2.3 million photovoltaic solar panels spread over an area of 4.5 km2. ACWA Power secured a 27-year debt financing loan worth $344 million from the First Gulf Bank, the National Commercial Bank and the Samba Financial Group.[7] The plant uses First Solar's CdTe modules.[8]

The 200 MWp second phase of the project caused worldwide attention, as the winning bid of the tender set a new record-low tariff of only US ¢5.89 per kilowatt-hour. This is about 20% lower than any previous, unsubsidized power purchase agreement (PPA) the world has seen before. The PPA is set to a 25-year time frame.[5][9] Assuming the same capacity factor as for phase 1 (24.6%) the annual production will be approximately 430 GWh/yr.

In April 2015, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) publicly announced the third phase of 800 MWp.[10] A consortium led by Abu Dubai Future Energy Company (Masdar) was awarded the contract for phase three in June 2016. The phase is expected to be completed by 2020.[1]

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is one of the world's largest renewable project based on an independent power producer (IPP) model. Besides the three phases that consist of solar farms using PV technology, the long-term project will also include concentrating solar power (CSP).[10] The total capacity of the entire project is planned to reach 5,000 MWp.[11]

DEWA released a request for the Expression of Interest (EOI) for the 2006 MWe CSP project (fourth phase) on 4 October 2016 and awarded the project works at 9.45 US cents/kWh purchase price in June 2017.[12] DEWA also awarded the 700 MWe CSP project (fifth phase) in September 2017 at record breaking purchase price of 7.30 US cents/kWh.[13]

phase capacity technology commissioned
first[14] 13 MW photovoltaic 2013
second[14] 200 MW photovoltaic April 2017
third (3 stages)[14][15][16] 200 MW

300 MW

300 MW

photovoltaic May 2018



fourth (3 parts)[17] 600 MW

100 MW

250 MW

parabolic trough

solar tower


fifth[17] 900 MW photovoltaic 2021 (expected)
total 2863 MW

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Dubai Electricity & Water Authority | Solar Park". Retrieved 2017-03-24.
  2. ^ STATE OF REPORT: Dubai 2014, United Nations Development Programme, ISBN 978-9948-20-456-5 (Note: In the original document, the ISBN is printed as "5-456-20-9948-978", which reads right to left.)
  3. ^ DEWA 13 Solar Plant, First Solar
  4. ^ FirstSolar Factsheet, PDF
  5. ^ a b ACWA Power wins 200 megawatts (260MWp) phase II Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Park by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, 17 January 2015
  6. ^ Dubai Doubles Power-Plant Size to Make Cheapest Solar Energy, Bloomberg, Anthony DiPaola, January 15, 2015
  7. ^ "UAE PM inaugurates second phase of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar plant". Power Technology. Retrieved 2017-03-24.
  8. ^ "First Solar Modules to Power Landmark 200MW Solar Photovoltaic Project in Dubai". MarketWatch. 23 June 2015.
  9. ^ Craig Morris (27 November 2014). "Solar in Dubai reaches record low price". Archived from the original on 29 March 2017. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  10. ^ a b DEWA announces 800 MW third Phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park Archived 2015-07-11 at the Wayback Machine, 21 April 2015
  11. ^ "ACWA Power Commissions Second Phase Of Dubai Solar Project, Adding 200 Megawatts". CleanTechnica. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  12. ^ "Dubai set for world's cheapest night-time solar power". Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  13. ^ "ACWA Power / Shanghai Power Win Dubai Solar Auction with 7.3 Cents CSP". Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  14. ^ a b c "Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) | will add 600MW of clean energy to its network from July 2019 to January 2020". Retrieved 2019-06-30.
  15. ^ "MD & CEO of DEWA announces that the share of clean energy is around 9% of Dubai's energy mix". Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA). Retrieved 2020-06-17.
  16. ^ "ACWA-led consortium signs PPA for 900-MW solar project in Dubai". Retrieved 2020-06-17.
  17. ^ a b "Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) | MBR Solar Park Phase 5". Retrieved 2019-06-30.