Dubai’s state utility company has officially opened a tender for a 100MW solar power plant.
The Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) has opened the tender for the second phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the first phase of which was opened in October 2013.
This first phase of the solar plant was only 13MW in size, so this new tender will make a significant dent on the planned 1,000MW for the project, estimated to be completed by 2017.
The plant plays a crucial role in Dubai’s energy mix and plan for the future which aims to have 1% of its power needs supplied by solar by 2020.
Dubai’s neighbouring emirate, Abu Dhabi has a goal of 7% renewable energy in its electricity mix by 2020.