Dubai plans battery energy storage

29 February 2024

State utility Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (Dewa) has started planning for the next phase of the Mohammed Bin Rashid (MBR) Solar Park project in Dubai.

According to industry sources, the state utility is reviewing plans and considering a battery energy storage system as part of the solar park complex's seventh phase.

Dewa and Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) recently reached financial close for the 1,800MW sixth phase of the MBR solar park.

The independent power producer (IPP) project is expected to cost up to AED5.51bn ($1.5bn).

According to Masdar, the lending group to the project includes:

  • Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (local)
  • Commercial Bank of Dubai (local)
  • First Abu Dhabi Bank (local)
  • HSBC (UK)
  • Standard Chartered Bank (UK)
  • Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (local)
  • Warba Bank (local)

Once completed in 2026, the 1,800MW sixth phase of the solar park will increase its total production capacity to 4,660MW.

The MBR Solar Park project’s phases and construction statuses are as follows:

  • 13MW solar PV phase one: Completed in 2013
  • 200MW solar PV phase two: Commissioned in 2017
  • 800MW solar PV phase three: Commissioned in 2020
  • 950MW hybrid CSP/solar PV phase four: Inaugurated in 2023
  • 900MW solar PV phase five: Commissioned in 2023
  • 1,800MW solar PV phase six: Under construction

The state utility aims to have around 27% of the generation mix sourced from clean energy sources by 2030.

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Jennifer Aguinaldo
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