Dubai: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has inaugurated the 900 megawatt (MW) fifth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site solar park in the world with a planned capacity of 5,000 MW by 2030.
The fifth phase of the project will provide clean energy to around 270,000 residences in Dubai, reducing 1.18 million metric tonnes of carbon emissions annually. Featuring a total investment of $13 billion based on the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model, the Solar Park is expected to reduce 6.5 million metric tonnes of carbon emissions annually when fully completed.
The inauguration was attended by Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Second Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Media Council, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE), and Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council.
The $54 million project, implemented based on the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model, features a partnership between DEWA and a consortium led by ACWA Power and Gulf Investment Corporation through Shuaa Energy 3. DEWA achieved a world record by receiving the lowest bid of $1.6953 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) for the fifth phase.
The fifth phase is one of the first projects in the Middle East to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) as part of an advanced robotic cleaning system for the operation and maintenance of photovoltaic panels. The total area of the fifth phase is approximately 10 square kilometres, which is half of the total area of the 800 MW third phase.