DEWA issues RFP for floating solar photovoltaic plant

Dubai Electricitiy & Water Authority investigating potential of floating solar panels in the Arabian Gulf

DEWA has issued an RFP for consulting on FPV plants in the Gulf.
DEWA has issued an RFP for consulting on FPV plants in the Gulf.

DEWA has issued a request for proposal (RFP) for appointing consultants to study, develop and construct floating solar photovoltaic plants in the Arabian Gulf.

The consultancy services include a feasibility study, the technical requirements for a floating solar photovoltaic plant, an environmental impact assessment report, a study of the marine requirements, and other necessary studies on setting up electrical transmission, a safety plan, and a seawater feasibility studies including tidal and system specifications, and system performance.

Floating photovoltaic (FPV) power arrays FPV have grown in popularity since 2016, reaching around 750 MWp in total worldwide capacity in 2018, according to a World Bank Group forecast. The first such plants were built from 2008 onwards.

FPV arrays can be simpler to deploy than land based solar farms, with no fixed infrastructure, and without taking out land. Floating structures can also include cooling systems that use the water to cool the array.

DEWA said the project is in line with the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050.

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA commented: “At DEWA, we work in line with the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to achieve economic, social, and environmental sustainable development and preserve natural resources within the framework of federal and local strategies, including the UAE Vision 2021, UAE Centennial 2071, the Dubai Plan 2021, and the DCES 2050, as directed by His Highness, to make Dubai the city with the lowest carbon footprint in the world by 2050.

“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,” added Al Tayer.

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