Entrant: First Solar
Project owner: Dubai Electricity & Water Authority
Project contractor: First Solar Electric
Engineering consultant: ILF Consulting Engineers
Description: Engineered and built by First Solar, the first phase of the landmark Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum Solar Park is a game changer for a region that is starting to evolve and define its solar energy ambitions. Completed in less than 195 days from breaking ground to grid connection, the plant demonstrated how affordable and reliable solar electricity could realistically allow the UAE and other countries around the region to rapidly ramp up their electricity generation capacities to meet short and medium-term needs.