Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC) has invited developers to bid for a 1.5 GW solar project in the Al Khazna area, near the United Arab Emirates capital city, Abu Dhabi. The 1.5 GW solar project is anticipated to contribute to the energy transition plan and sustainability goals of the city, powering nearly 160,000 homes after the completion of the project. Moreover it will help in the reduction of more than 2.4 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually.
The solar installation and any associated infrastructure work will be developed, financed, built, operated, maintained, and owned as part of the project. Furthermore, it is anticipated to significantly contribute to achieving the strategic goals for clean energy set forth by the Abu Dhabi Department of Energy in 2035 and advancing the UAE Energy Strategy 2050. The deadline for submission of the bids is 2 October this year.
In September 2023, Masdar signed a contract with Dubai Electricity and Water Authority to construct and operate the sixth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. It will be constructed with an investment of $1.5 billion. The total energy generation capacity of the solar facility was 1.8 GW. Masdar emerged as a winner amongst 23 bidders in a solar auction.