On 22 October 2013, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, inaugurated the first phase of the project, with a capacity of 13MW generated by photovoltaic technology. It was one of the largest photovoltaic power generation projects in the MENA region at the time. The project saves about 15,000 tonnes of carbon emissions a year, and uses over 152,000 photocells to generate over 28 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, while being connected to the network in Dubai.
On 20 March 2017, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, inaugurated the second phase, with a capacity of 200MW generated by photovoltaic technology. The project is currently the largest single-site solar park in the world, based on the IPP model. The project was implemented through a partnership with the consortium led by ACWA Power from Saudi Arabia, and Spain’s TSK, with an investment of AED 1.2 billion. The project will provide clean energy to 50,000 residences in the Emirate, reducing 214,000 tonnes of carbon emissions a year. This phase installed 2.3 million photovoltaic solar panels over an area of 4.5 square kilometres with 1.5 million Safe Man Hours without Lost Time Injury during project execution
In June 2016, DEWA announced the selection of the Masdar-led consortium as the best bidder to develop the 800MW third phase of the solar park. DEWA set another world record by obtaining the lowest recorded USD 2.99 cents per kW/h for the third phase of the park, which will be implemented in stages until 2020.
DEWA is building the largest single-site Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project in the world, based on the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model. The 700MW CSP, with total investment of AED14.2 billion was awarded to a consortium comprising Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power and China’s Shanghai Electric. The consortium bid the lowest Levelised Cost of Electricity (LCOE) of USD 7.3 cents per kilowatt hour (kW/h). The project will feature a 260 metre solar tower, the tallest of its kind in the world. The project will be commissioned in stages, starting from Q4 of 2020.