Two weeks ahead of the MENASOL conference in Dubai, we take a look at some of the latest developments in the UAE’s PV marketplace.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is still leading the GCC region in utility-scale PV installations. Earlier this month, Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) launched the tender for the second stage of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park – a 100 MW independent PV power project for which expressions of interest were invited by April 24, 2014.
In Abu Dhabi, a small pilot project that completed four months ago is experimenting the use of solar PV for underground water extraction. The station was built in Al Hamraniya settlement in Ras Al Khaimah by the Ministry of Energy, in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and Water, and the Federal Electricity and Water Authority. Around 9kW of PV panels covering an area of 60m2 were installed to pump 7.5 cubic metres of water per hour from a 72 metre-deep well, with the objective of encouraging farmers to adopt the technology in their farms to reduce costs of irrigation.
Source: PV installations surge in the UAE