US First Solar to build 13MW solar plant in Dubai

18 October 2012 03:20  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--First Solar has been awarded by the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) to build a 13 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic power plant in Dubai, First Solar said late on Wednesday.

The plant will be located in Seih Al Dahal, approximately 50km south of Dubai, it said. The start year of the project is yet to be disclosed.

The UAE dirhams (Dh) 12bn ($3.27bn) project will be able to produce 1,000MW of clean energy for the nation's capital using both photovoltaic and solar thermal technology, according to the statement.

"The photovoltaic plant installation is a key step in the implementation of the energy diversification strategy adopted by the Supreme Council of Energy (SCE), in which solar energy is set to become part of Dubai's energy portfolio. The strategy is based on Dubai's growing energy requirements and aims to maintain security of supply in the Emirate of Dubai," said Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA.

First Solar will provide engineering, procurement and construction services, as well as its advanced thin-film photovoltaic modules, the company said.

The power plant is expected to generate more than 22m kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity per year, on average, enough to meet the average annual electricity needs of more than 500 local households, the statement showed.

The electricity that would be generated will displace more than 14,000 metric tons of CO2 annually, equivalent to removing 1,600 cars from the road every year, it said.

($1 = Dh3.67)

By: Felicia Loo

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