Utico invites tenders for UAE’s first independent solar project

Utico-solarThe solar independent power project will provide power to the Utico grid. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)UAE-based Utico Middle East has called for pre-qualifications for a 40MW solar power development project in Ras Al Khaimah

The company said the project, the first of its kind in the UAE, will go a long way to bring sustainability and provide affordable power to consumers in the region.

Utico also closed a pre-qualification process for a 100,000 cubic metres per day desalination plant with over 20 companies are participating in this tender process.

The solar independent power project (IPP) will provide power to the desalination plant as well as provide power to the Utico grid.

Utico said negotiations are also underway to connect to the federal grid, which will help Utico to increase the solar power capacity to 120MW over the coming years.

Richard Menezes, executive vice-chairman of Utico, said, "What the region's utilities sector requires are proper regulation, government support, the freedom to serve a consumer within a set quality of service, and consumer satisfaction not financial support.

"Meeting these requirements will help promote innovation along with better service and quick growth. That is the bottom line of utility development."

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