Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 24 July 2019

Canadian Solar to supply panels for Dubai project

Canadian Solar began shipping 22,000 tonnes of panels to supply the 800 megawatt third phase – led by Masdar – of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park in Dubai.
The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park in Dubai is part of the emirate's ambition to generate 75 per cent of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2050. Pawan Singh / The National
The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park in Dubai is part of the emirate's ambition to generate 75 per cent of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2050. Pawan Singh / The National

More than 800,000 solar panels will be needed to complete the first wave of the Masdar-led project to build the third phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park in ­Dubai.

Canadian Solar last month began production and shipping of the 22,000 tonnes – equivalent to 268 megawatts (MW) of capacity – of double-glass ­modules, which bypass the need for grounding the system.

“I’m confident that Canadian Solar’s Dymond modules will perform well in the project’s hot desert climate,” Shawn Qu, the company’s chairman, chief executive and founder, said in a media release on Tuesday.

Abu Dhabi’s clean energy company Masdar is the lead developer on the park’s 800MW third phase and is partnered with France’s EDF.

Canadian Solar has manufacturing facilities in Canada, China and Vietnam; however, the company would not reveal from where the Dubai panels were being shipped from, citing “competitive reasons”.

The engineering consortium on the project, which includes Acciona, Gransolar and Ghella, will be in charge of the installation of the panels.

Upon completion in 2030, the Dh50 billion Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park will have a capacity of 5,000MW. Currently, 213MW is being fed into Dubai’s electricity grid with the third 800MW phase expected online in three years.

This is one of many parts that the emirate is undertaking to achieve the targets set out in the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, which aims for 7 per cent of the emirate’s power output to be generated from clean energy by 2020, 25 per cent by 2030 and 75 per cent by 2050.

Jean-Bernard Levy, EDF’s group chief executive, said in an interview with The National in April that the company would partner with Masdar for other projects in the future – including the 200MW fourth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid solar park.

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Updated: May 31, 2017 04:00 AM

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