Over 200 buildings in Dubai have had solar photovoltaic panels installed as part of DEWA’s initiative to create.
The initiative, known as Shams Dubai, encourages building owners to install photovoltaic (PV) panels on their rooftops to generate electricity from solar power. The electricity is used onsite and the surplus is exported to DEWA’s grid.
An offset between exported and imported electricity units is conducted and the customer account is settled based on this offset, DEWA said.
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, said that as of October 2016, a total of 222 buildings were connected under the Shams Dubai initiative, which includes residential and commercial buildings with a capacity of over 6 megawatt (MW).
“DEWA has enrolled 44 contracting and consultancy companies,” Al Tayer said. “A total of 247 engineers have been certified as enrolled electrical and solar photovoltaic consultants and contractors. 70 manufacturers of solar power equipment registered 578 products as eligible for Shams Dubai. DEWA is cooperating with 18 government organisations to install PV panels on 35 government buildings.”
He said the number of projects completed, and those in the pipeline, show DEWA’s commitment towards achieving the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050.
“Our strategy aims to increase Dubai’s total power output from clean energy sources to 75% by 2050,” Al Tayer said.
“I urge house and villa owners, and all members of society to take advantage of Shams Dubai, to be our partners in producing renewable energy, and achieving Dubai Government’s objectives to diversify the energy mix. This supports a smart, sustainable, and happy city. It also contributes to reducing carbon emissions, in adherence with the Dubai Carbon Abatement Strategy 2021 to reduce carbon emissions by 16% by 2021, ensuring a sustainable future for us, and for generations to come,” he added.
DEWA recently announced the launched the construction of the largest distributed solar rooftop project in the Middle East, after DP World commissioned the installation of 88,000 rooftop solar panels on its Dubai facilities in Jebel Ali Free Zone and Mina Rashid. Phase one will be completed in 2017.For all the latest energy and oil news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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