Dubai harvests desert sun at vast solar plant

Dubai on Monday (March 20th) completed a solar plant big enough to power 50,000 homes as part of a plan to generate three-quarters of its energy from renewables by 2050, AFP reported.

The 200-megawatt plant sprawls over 4.5 square kilometres of desert and includes some 2.3 million photovoltaic panels.

It is the second phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Solar Park, which is set to pump out a total of 1,000 megawatts by 2020, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority said.

The $326 million second phase was built by a consortium including Saudi Arabia's ACWA Power and Spain's TSK.

DEWA chief Saeed al-Tayer said the operators would sell power to the public utility company.

The project is the "largest and first solar power project of its kind in the region", he said.

Do you like this article?

0 Comment(s)
Comment Policy * Denotes Required Field 1500 / 1500