First Solar to supply photovoltaic (PV) modules for 200 MW solar energy project in Dubai

US-based First Solar has won a contract to supply photovoltaic (PV) modules for the 200MW second phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park in Dubai, UAE.



First Solar will deliver more than 2.36 million PV modules for phase two of the project. The company had earlier supplied 152,880 panels with a combined capacity of 13MW for the first phase.

Earlier this year, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) selected a consortium of ACWA Power International and TSK to develop, build, own and run the project.

The consortium won the tender for the project by offering a low price of $0.0584 per kilowatt-hour.

After its planned completion in early 2017, the project will generate enough energy for about 30,000 average homes in the UAE and reduce more than 469,650 tons of carbon dioxide emissions a year.

First Solar vice president and region executive for the Middle East Ahmed Nada said: “This project’s impact on the global energy transition cannot be overstated. It has effectively driven down the cost of solar electricity, marking a new milestone in solar PV’s evolution as a mainstream energy resource.”

DEWA has recently selected Switzerland-based ABB to extend a substation at the Mohammed bin solar park.

Dubai is planning to generate 7% of its total energy output from renewables by 2020 and 15% by 2030.