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Dubai's state utility launches largest roof-top solar project

DEWA says 1.5MW photovoltaic generation project at Jebel Ali Power Station has been connected to grid

Dubai's state utility launches largest roof-top solar project
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Dubai's state utility has ingurated one of the largest single-rooftop solar projects in the Middle East and North Africa.

The 1.5 megawatt direct current photovoltaic generation project at Jebel Ali Power Station (JAPS) has been successfully connected to the grid of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA).

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA, said the utility has installed 5,240 photovoltaic panels on the roof of the water reservoir at M-Station, which is the newest and largest power production and desalination plant in the UAE.

The modules will produce 1.5MW by converting solar energy into electricity, which will be used to meet the station's energy needs, and will generate 2,666 MW/h of clean electricity annually.

This supports the Shams Dubai initiative, which in turn supports the Smart Dubai initiative, launched by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to transform Dubai into the smartest city in the world.

Shams Dubai allows customers to install photovoltaic panels on their rooftops to generate electricity from solar power. The electricity is used onsite and the surplus is exported to DEWA's network.

It also encourages the community in the production of electricity from solar energy, while preserving the environment and lowering the country's carbon footprint.

"We support the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, to diversify Dubai's energy mix to include 25 percent from solar energy, 7 percent from clean coal, 7 percent from nuclear power, and 61 percent from natural gas by 2030. The mix will gradually increase the employment of clean energy sources to 75 percent by 2050," said Al Tayer.

DEWA said it has started using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to check on the photovoltaic panels on the roof of the water reservoir.

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