Selected project examples

2 GWp Al Dhafra solar photovoltaic plant, United Arab Emirates


The Al Dhafra solar photovoltaic power plant in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, with an investment volume of around one billion US dollars, is to supply electricity to the national energy provider from 2022. It will involve installing more than four million photovoltaic (PV) modules with a total output of more than 2100 MWp along with a new 400 kV substation over an area of around 20 square kilometers.

As technical advisor, Fichtner initially developed the PV plant concept with battery storage as an option and supported the energy provider Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC) in tendering the IPP project developed according to the BOO (Build, Own and Operate) model. Subsequently, Fichtner was entrusted by the contractor consortium with all owner’s engineering tasks during the construction phase, through to the end of the warranty period.

More information: Blog post at FICHTNER CONNECTED

Our services

  • Development of the Request for Proposals for the Al Dhafra Solar PV IPP including preparation of suitable PV concepts
  • Evaluation of the bids and negotiation of the power purchase agreement (PPA)
  • Pre-construction and detail design review of the PV plant and the substation
  • Provision of the interface manager to the Abu Dhabi Transmission and Despatch Company (TRANSCO)
  • Construction and commissioning services including factory acceptance test
  • Presence on site up to the end of warranty

Technical data

  • Greenfield solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant
  • Maximum power export of 1,500 MW (AC)
  • Nominal peak power of more than 2,100 MWp (DC)
  • 400 kV substation
  • Single-axis tracking system
  • Bifacial PV modules
  • Battery Energy Storage System (BESS), optional


Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
EDFR and Jinko Holding Co. Ltd., Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates