The 4th phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is closing in on completion, promising to provide clean energy for around 320,000 homes. This significant advancement involves an investment of AED 15.78 billion and aims to reduce carbon emissions by 1.6 million tonnes annually, positioning Dubai as a leader in sustainable energy.
State-of-the-Art Technologies in Renewable Energy
The project stands out for its integration of Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) and photovoltaic technologies. The completion rates for the multiple phases indicate consistent progress: the first phase is fully operational, featuring an array of energy production methods, while the second and third phases are nearly complete, further reinforcing Dubai’s commitment to renewable energy sources.
A Strategic Partnership for a Sustainable Future
In collaboration with the ACWA Power-led consortium, DEWA established Noor Energy 1 to manage this critical phase. The initiative is a balanced partnership with DEWA holding a 51% stake, ACWA Power at 25%, and the Chinese Silk Road Fund with a 24% share, illustrating an international commitment to clean energy.
Scaling Up Renewable Energy Contributions
This solar park is set to contribute substantially to Dubai’s energy mix. It already accounts for about 16.3% of the city’s power and is slated to reach a 24% contribution by 2026. This initiative is a core component of Dubai’s broader Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and Net Zero Carbon Emissions Strategy.
Innovative Approaches to 24/7 Energy Availability
The 4th phase is breaking new ground by employing three hybrid technologies, coupled with a thermal storage capacity that ensures 15 hours of energy availability. Slated for full operational status by the first quarter of 2024, the project is expected to be a global exemplar in renewable energy and carbon reduction.