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Dubai?s Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) and shareholder agreement for the second phase of the 200MW solar plant at Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai

solarpark-InhabitatBlog-flickrThe 200MW plant has been added recently to the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai. (Image source: Inhabitat Blog/Flickr

DEWA has added another solar plant at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park ? one of the largest renewable energy projects in the region. The 200MW solar plant is among the biggest strategic new Independent Power Producer (IPP) projects in the renewable energy market, said DEWA CEO Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer.

The second phase of the solar park is part of the objective to strengthen Dubai?s position as a global hub for sustainability and project it as a model green economy, said DEWA officials.

Based on the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model, the second phase of the solar plant is expected to be operational by April 2017, said DEWA. The project, which occupies 4.5 sq km, will help to achieve a reduction of 400,000 tonnes of carbon emissions and support the green initiatives implemented by the Dubai government.

The PPA agreement supports the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, which is being developed by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy to diversify the emirate?s energy mix. Solar energy will account for seven per cent of the total energy production by 2020 and 15 per cent by 2030, added Al Tayer.