800 MW of the Al-Maktoum solar park inaugurated

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has inaugurated the innovation center and 800 MW of the third construction phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA). The total capacity of the solar park, which is planned to be commissioned by 2030, is 5,000 MW, with an investment of AED 50 billion ($13.6 billion).
The innovation center has four floors, is 88 meters high and is to function as a »global hub for innovations in the field of renewable and clean energies« on 4,355 square meters. The center's solar energy research will support Dubai's Clean Energy Strategy 2050, it is said. By 2050, Dubai wants to cover around 75 percent of its energy needs from renewable sources.
DEWA built the third phase of the solar park, designed for 800 MW, together with a consortium led by the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) and the EDF Group, through its subsidiary EDF Énergies Nouvelles. The investments amounted to around AED 3.47 billion ($944 million). The plant is the first of its kind in the MENA region which is equipped wiht tracking systems.
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