The Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Park project was first mentioned in January 2012 with Phase I completed and operational by 2013. The plan was, and is, to build the world's largest solar park - as part of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050.
Aiming to make Dubai a global centre of clean energy and a green economy, the second phase of building the solar park is already underway.
The strategy guidelines are looking to provide seven percent of Dubai's energy from clean sources by 2020, 25 percent by 2030 and 75 percent by 2050.
Currently they are over halfway through Phase II which is expected to be completed in a record timeframe of just 12 months. Once this phase is complete, the park will supply an additional 200MW of solar power to Dubai. It is expected to be operational from April 2017.
The Total Output
In total the solar park will consist of more than 2.3 million solar panels with enough capacity for 30,000 homes. The completed park is expected to generate 5000MW of solar power.
The solar park is a state utility, DEWA - Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, who are responsible for tenders and overseeing that the project delivers. Managing Director of DEWA, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, expects the solar park to reduce emissions by more than 6.5 million tons annually and make a real impact on their green economy.
"We are determined to continue building and developing a greener economy, to achieve the UAE Vision 2021 to instil a sustainable environment in terms of air quality, conserving water resources, more reliance on clean energy, and implementing green development in Dubai.
"The 200MW CSP project is another milestone achievement that will put Dubai and the UAE at the forefront of the countries in the region in producing renewable and clean energy."
The tender to implement Phase III has been won by Masdar who will lead the consortium, which includes Spanish companies FRV (Fotowatio Renewable Ventures) and Gransolar Group.
They will deliver 800MW of energy in a three year period; 300MW in each of the first two years and then 200MW in the third year. This phase is expected to commence in April 2017 and be complete by 2020.
Construction of the solar park throughout is being constructed following theIndependent Power Producer (IPP) model.
With Phase III about to take off, there will be many opportunities for those wishing to work in the Middle East in construction. We anticipate specialist roles for solar power engineers as well as those in quantity surveying, planning and more.
So please make sure we have a copy of your CV and be sure to check out the opportunities in our job section regularly.
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