Dewa’s Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park to provide power for Expo 2020 site
A memorandum of understanding signed by Dewa and expo organisers will ensure electricity and water is delivered for the event from October 2020 to April 2021.
Dewa will invest Dh420 million into the infrastructure needed for the expo including three substations and 45 kilometres of cabling, a statement from the expo organisers said.
About half of the event’s power needs will be met from renewable sources and Dewa is supporting the organisers’ efforts to build capacity on site including at the Sustainability Pavilion.
“This agreement opens up many opportunities as we share knowledge and experience in a joint effort to maximise our reliance on clean energy, such as solar power,” said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed, the Chairman of Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee, according to the statement.
Saeed Al Tayer, Dewa’s managing director and chief executive, said the tie-up with Expo 2020 Dubai supported the UAE’s strategy to increase the use of clean energy.
“Dewa has dedicated a large part of its budget for its clean energy projects to align to the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to generate 7 per cent of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy by 2020, 25 per cent by 2030, and 75 per cent by 2050,” he said.
Dewa is spending Dh3 billion to help the emirate meet rising demand for electricity.
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Published: March 13, 2017 04:00 AM