Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has raised the production capacity of the first project of the fifth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.
It has been increased from 300 megawatts (MW) to 330MW.
Making the announcement, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, said the clean energy share will reach 13.3 per cent in the first quarter of 2022.
The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park has a planned capacity of 5,000MW by 2030.
“The current capacity at the Solar Park is 1527MW using solar photovoltaic panels,” he explained, adding, “DEWA is implementing more projects with a total capacity of 1,333MW using solar photovoltaic and Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) in addition to future phases.”
This will help achieve “the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and the Dubai Net Zero Carbon Emissions Strategy to provide 100 per cent of Dubai’s total power capacity from clean energy sources by 2050”.
The 900MW fifth phase, with investments of AED 2.058 billion, is 60 per cent complete.
Waleed Bin Salman, Executive Vice President of Business Development and Excellence at DEWA, said the fifth phase will provide clean energy for more than 270,000 residences in Dubai and will reduce 1.18 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually.
It will become operational in stages until 2023.