General Electric supplies inverters to DEWA’s solar project in Dubai
GE’s liquid-cooled inverters have been designed for the hot and dusty Middle East region and conceived to deliver in the harshest of desert conditions. Now the company will provide 220 MW LV5 series solar inverters for the DEWA solar project in Dubai, the largest of its kind in the Middle East region.
Breakthrough for the solar industry
DEWA’s solar project is considered a breakthrough for the solar industry, as the DEWA power purchase contract with ACWA Power had been signed at one of the lowest prices globally of 5.84 US cents per watt without subsidies. This will be making solar power much more competitive compared to other energy sources.
The project demonstrates GE’s confidence to provide reliable and cost-effective solutions that will make solar power a viable energy source to meet future energy demands in the region. The inverters are part of a frame agreement between GE and Spanish engineering, procurement and construction company TSK. GE will supply outdoor solar SKIDs to TSK to be installed at the DEWA site, with GE’s scope of work including LV5 Series inverters, transformers and switchgears.
Most promising solar market
Hani Majzoub, renewables sales leader for the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey for GE’s Power Conversion business, says, “The Middle East is one of the most promising solar markets in the world, and our commitment to providing sustainable power for our region is highlighted through this project. We will continue to support utilities in the region with innovative technology such as our LV5 Series 1,500 Volt inverters, which provide up to 3 percent cost savings in both Capex and Opex.” The delivery of the 220 MW DEWA project is expected to start in summer 2016.
GE has a long history of utility-scale solar projects across the globe, including in countries like Germany, France, Japan, Chile, South Africa and the United States. (HS)