UAE – Mubasher: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has issued a request for proposal (RFP) to appoint consultants with the aim to study, develop, and construct floating solar photovoltaic plants in the Arabian Gulf.
The new initiative will use solar power that aids the objectives of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 (DCES 2050) in diversifying the energy mix in Dubai, according to a press release on Sunday.
This initiative will also pave the way for Dubai to be a global hub for clean energy and green economy, as well as providing 75% of total clean power output in the emirate by 2050.
The consultants will provide “a feasibility study, the technical requirements for a floating solar photovoltaic plant, an environmental impact assessment report, a study of the marine requirements, and other necessary studies on setting up electrical transmission, a safety plan, and a seawater feasibility studies,” the release indicated.
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA, said: “At DEWA, we work in line with the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to achieve economic, social, and environmental sustainable development and preserve natural resources within the framework of federal and local strategies, including the UAE Vision 2021, UAE Centennial 2071, the Dubai Plan 2021, and the DCES 2050, as directed by His Highness, to make Dubai the city with the lowest carbon footprint in the world by 2050.”
“At DEWA, we launch innovative initiatives and solutions in line with our vision to provide an innovative and sustainable world for generations to come. Floating photovoltaic systems are one of the most prominent emerging technologies that rely on installing solar photovoltaic systems directly above water,” Al Tayer added.
Under the objectives of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, a production capacity of 42,000 megawatts (MW) of clean and renewable energy is required by 2050.
DEWA had launched a number of innovative initiatives and projects to bolster the objectives of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, including the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.
“This is the largest single-site solar park in the world, based on the Independent Power Project model, with a planned capacity of 5,000MW by 2030 at a total investment of AED 50 billion,” the release noted.
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