First Solar to power solar park in DubaiStaff writer ▼ | June 24, 2015
First Solar has signed an agreement to supply its high performance photovoltaic (PV) modules to power the 200 megawatt (MW)AC second phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.
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According to the consortium, the project's tariff of 5.84 USD cents per kilowatt-hour establishes a new global benchmark, reducing the cost of solar electricity by over 20 percent.
Significantly, the utility scale solar plant will be the largest facility of its kind in the Middle East when completed in early 2017.
The plant will produce enough energy to power 30,000 average homes in the UAE and will displace over 469,650 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. The project will be powered by over 2.36 million First Solar modules, compared to the 152,880 that were installed in the 13MWAC first phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.
The plant will be built over an area of almost 4.5 million square meters, sufficient to cover as many as 100 soccer pitches. ■