CDM - 10 MW PV Power Plant, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

2011
CDM - 10 MW PV Power Plant, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Kunde: 
DEWA & DCCE
Project type: 
CDM small scale
Land: 
United Arab Emirates
Methodik: 
AMS I.D - Grid connected renewable electricity generation
  • Evaluating the feasibility of the small-scale CDM project
  • Elaboration of Project Design Document (PDD), including the Monitoring Plan
  • Calculation of the DEWA grid emission factor
  • Calculation of the project potential emissions reductions
  • Assistance during the project validation by the Designated Operating Entity (DOE)

The owner is the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), a Dubai Government-run company, responsible for power generation, water production, transmission and distribution of power and water in the Emirate of Dubai. DEWA operates 8 power plants with a total installed capacity of 7,361 MW and 7 desalination plants with an installed capacity of 1.5 million cubic metres of water per day. The project will develop a small scale photovoltaic power plant on a site located south-east of the city of Dubai, on a gravel plain surrounded by the sand dunes. The location of the project activity has been chosen after assessment of the climate, weather, geomorphology, topography and existing or planned use of the sites around Dubai. Evaluation of the climate and weather conditions, particularly the solar irradiation, wind and sand dust; have resulted in the recommendation for the suitable technology for solar energy generation. The photovoltaic power plant will be composed of thin film - PV modules, installed in ten 1 MW sub-plant blocks, with a total installed capacity of 10 MW. The photovoltaic plant will generate ca 16 GWh annually and ca 400 GWh over the expected 25 years of lifetime. The power generated will be fed to the DEWA electricity grid.   Since the DEWA grid is dominated by thermal power generation based on fossil fuel (natural gas and fuel oil), the planned PV plant will achieve greenhouse gas emission reductions by displacing the electricity from the grid, avoiding the emissions from the fossil fuel combustion. Emission reductions are estimated based on the calculated grid emission factor of the DEWA electricity system that reflects the power generation from the current energy mix.Through its operation, planned 10 MW PV power plant will contribute to annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions estimated at 8,115 tCO2. The project has been elaborated as a small-scale CDM project, with crediting period of 3 times 7 years. Total emission reductions of the project over these 21 years are 56,809 tCO2 and it is expected to generate respective amount of the emission reduction certificates - Certified Emission Reductions (CERs).The planned photovoltaic power plant is a “greenfield” project, there is no PV plant located on that site. There is no other grid-connected PV power plant in the whole Dubai Emirate, actually. Power generation from the renewable energy sources, namely the solar energy, is not a common practice in United Arab Emirates in general. There is only one operating grid-connected solar power plant in UAEs, in the Masdar City in Abu Dhabi. It is the 10 MW Masdar ADFEC PV Plant, operating since 2009. It is registered as a CDM project, as well, and generates supplementary financing from sales of CERs.

The owner is the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), a Dubai Government-run company, responsible for power generation, water production, transmission and distribution of...