CDM - Dubai Solar Farms Programme of Activities, United Arab Emirates

2011
CDM - Dubai Solar Farms Programme of Activities, United Arab Emirates
Kunde: 
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) & Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE)
Project type: 
CDM small scale
Land: 
United Arab Emirates
Methodik: 
ACM 0002 - Grid connected electricity generation from renewable sources
  • Evaluating the feasibility of the small-scale CDM project
  • Elaboration of PoA Project Design Document (PoA-DD), including the Monitoring Plan
  • Elaboration of the generic CPA Project Design Document (CPA-DD) and the first  
  • 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 project will create a background for development and higher employment of electricity generation from solar energy in the Emirate of Dubai via establishing the CDM Programme of Activities (PoA). PoA will include unlimited number of individual CDM project activities (CPAs) complying with the PoA eligibility criteria.The Coordinating/Managing Entity (CME) of the PoA 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. CPAs shall be operated either by DEWA or by other private CPA implementers. Typical CPA of the PoA takes place in the boundary of Emirate of Dubai and generates electricity through the utilization of the solar power potential in Dubai and will result in an increased share of solar energy for the Emirate of Dubai. The technology employed by the individual CPAs shall be either thin film photovoltaic or concentrated solar power plants. Each CPA will consist of one greenfield solar power plant. The solar power plants will be connected to and feeding the electricity to the grid of DEWA.There are no limitations for the minimum or maximum installed capacity of the CPA; however, all solar power plants implemented as CPA must use the large scale CDM methodology.CPAs are expected to be included into the PoA every 2-3 years during the whole 28 years lifetime of the PoA.Since the DEWA grid is dominated by thermal power generation based on fossil fuel (natural gas and fuel oil), the individual CPAs included under the PoA 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.Currently, there is no grid-connected PV power plant in Dubai Emirate. 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 first CPA included under the PoA is a small scale 3 MW photovoltaic power plant on a site located south-east of the city of Dubai. CPA implementer is DEWA.The photovoltaic power plant will be composed of thin film - PV modules, installed in three 1 MW sub-plant blocks, with a total installed capacity of 3 MW. The photovoltaic plant will generate ca 16 GWh annually and ca 400 GWh over the expected 25 years of lifetime. It is expected to be commissioned in 2013. The power generated will be fed to the DEWA electricity grid.   Through its operation, planned 3 MW PV power plant will contribute to annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions estimated at 2,435 tCO2. Total emission reductions of the project over the first 7 years crediting period are 17,045 tCO2 and the project is expected to generate respective amount of the emission reduction certificates - Certified Emission Reductions (CERs).

The project will create a background for development and higher employment of electricity generation from solar energy in the Emirate of Dubai via establishing the CDM Programme...