DEWA 13 is situated in Seih Al Dahal, about 50km south of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The plant, currently the largest photovoltaic (PV) solar power facility in the region, covers an area of 59 acres or 238,764 square meters, which is sufficient to accommodate approximately 33 football pitches.
The 13MW solar PV power plant is the first phase of the landmark Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, named after His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The Park is expected to eventually cover 40 square kilometers and produce 1,000MW of clean energy for the national grid using both PV and solar thermal technology.
Construction of the project started with the groundbreaking on 15 March 2013 and was completed, on schedule, in less than 30 weeks. The solar park was implemented by Dubai’s Supreme Council of Energy and is managed and operated by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), the state-owned power company.