Phase I, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park



Phase I, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park
Project Datasheet
Phase I, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai Electricity & Water
Authority (DEWA)
EPC Contractor:
First Solar
13MW (DC)
Ground-Mount Fixed Tilt
~24 million KWh per year
CO2 Displacement: 15,000 metric tons per year
Modules Used:
152,880 Type: FS-385 black
Project Timeline
Oct 12 to
Dec 12
Oct 12 to
Mar 13
Mar 13 to
Sept 13
Oct 2013
Permitting Construction Operation
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Phase I of the landmark Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park
represents the first stage of Dubai’s energy diversification strategy. The
cornerstone of an ambitious plan to generate as much as 1 Gigawatt (GW)
of the emirate’s electricity from sunlight, the plant was, at the time of its
inauguration in October 2013, the largest facility of its kind in the region.
Given its scale and location, the plant was recognized as having established
new benchmarks for the development of utility-scale solar power plants in
the region. It is also a showpiece of First Solar’s industry-leading EPC and
technological capabilities.
Covering an area of 59 acres or 238,764 square meters - sufficient to
accommodate approximately 33 soccer pitches – the facility was completed
on schedule, in less than 30 weeks from groundbreaking to grid-connection.
The project had a workforce of 1,280 personnel at its peak and required
more than 1.4 million man-hours to complete, all of which were accidentfree. Importantly, First Solar spent fifty percent of the project’s cost in the
UAE, demonstrating how solar energy can contribute to local businesses.
Since its completion, the plant has seamlessly been integrated into the
emirate’s electricity grid and continues to ratify the suitability of First Solar’s
thin film module technology to the Middle East and North Africa region’s
environmental conditions. This consistently reliable performance in actual
hot, humid weather and high soiling conditions, played a significant role in
Cadmium Telluride (CdTe) being specified as the technology of choice for the
plant. Powered by 152,880 FS Series 3 Black modules, the plant will generate
approximately 24 million kilowatt hours of clean solar electricity per year.
The project was implemented by Dubai’s Supreme Council of Energy and is
managed and operated by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA),
the state-owned power company. First Solar was also selected to provide
Operations and Maintenance (O&M) services until 2015.

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