Dubai issues RFP for floating solar plants

posted by Lucy Patchett
18 June 2019

Dubai has announced a project to develop an innovative floating solar farm in the Arabian Gulf. 

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has issued a request for proposal (RFP) for consultancy services to assess, develop and build solar plants.

The consultants will conduct studies on feasibility, technical requirements, environmental impact, marine requirements, seawater viability, such as tidal information, and other necessary research.

Saeed Mohammed AI Tayer, managing director and CEO at DEWA, said: “At DEWA we launch innovative initiatives and solutions in line with our vision to provide an innovative and sustainable world for generations to come. Floating photovoltaic systems are one of the most prominent emerging technologies that rely on installing solar photovoltaic systems directly above water.”

The initiative is in line with national sustainability objectives including the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 (DCES 2050) to diversify the energy mix and power 75% of Dubai’s total output using clean energy by 2050. Target production capacity of renewable energy is 42,000 megawatts and other projects, such as the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, are also in the pipeline.

Al Tayer said DEWA was working “to make Dubai the city with the lowest carbon footprint in the world by 2050”.

Sam Achampong, head of CIPS Middle East, North & West Africa, said: “Increasingly, sustainable solutions are being recognised by procurement and supply chain professionals, as well as the wider business community, as the most viable solution in terms of both medium and long term total cost of ownership as well as return on investment.

“It’s pleasing to see Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s continued efforts to provide sustainable solutions in the region, which align well with other UAE initiatives in this area. ”

Meanwhile, Dubai Airports has pledged to limit its impact on the environment by banning single-use plastics in businesses and hospitality areas starting in January 2020, including plastic utensils, bags, straws and paper receipts.

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