DEWA so­lar project draws 30 ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

Dubai Elec­tric­ity and Wa­ter Au­thor­ity (DEWA) has re­ceived ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est from 30 par­ties in­ter­ested in build­ing a 200 megawatt (MW) con­cen­trated so­lar power (CSP) plant, the firm said yes­ter­day. The scheme is the first of its kind for the tech­nol­ogy in Dubai and will form part of 1,000 MW in planned CSP ca­pac­ity by 2030 at the Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Rashid al-Mak­toum So­lar Park. DEWA has al­ready ten­dered for three phases at the park, to­talling 1,000 MW, all of which have used pho­to­voltaic (PV) tech­nol­ogy. Gen­er­at­ing elec­tric­ity us­ing PV pan­els is cheaper, but CSP pan­els are more ef­fi­cient as they can store en­ergy for use dur­ing pe­ri­ods of low or no sun­light. DEWA did not name the par­ties which ex­pressed in­ter­est in the first CSP stage. The first CSP plant is due to be op­er­a­tional by April 2021.

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