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Solar panels installed on 30 Dubai buildings, says DEWA

‘Shams’ initiative is part of plans to increase energy from renewables by 75%

Solar panels installed on 30 Dubai buildings, says DEWA
Image Source: WAM

Solar panels have been installed on 30 buildings in Dubai as part of government plans to increase national power output from renewable energy to 75 percent by 2050.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA)’s ‘Shams Dubai’ initiative, launched last year, is designed to help Dubai residents to fit photovoltaic panels on their rooftops to generate electricity from solar power.

The energy is used on site and any surplus is exported to DEWA’s national grid.

The authority announced this weekend that 30 systems have been installed to date and six have so far been connected to DEWA’s grid, according to state news agency WAM.


One of the key projects completed as part of Shams Dubai, according to WAM, is a 1.5 megawatt solar project at Jebel Ali Power Station – touted as one of the largest single-rooftop solar schemes in the Middle East and North Africa.

DEWA installed 5,240 photovoltaic panels on the 23,000 sq m roof of the water reservoir at its ‘M-Station’ power production and desalination plant. The project aims to reduce carbon consumption by 1,600 tonnes each year, WAM said.

DEWA said it was working with 18 government organisations to connect 37 projects under Shams Dubai, with a total capacity of 279 kilowatts, although it did not provide a timeframe.

The initiative is yet to be implemented in the residential sector.

Saeed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA, said: “I urge all members of society to be our partners in producing renewable energy, and achieving Dubai government’s objectives to diversify the energy mix.”

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Peter Cooper 3 years ago

In Germany they install panels on your roof and buy back the power from you, less the installation cost. Could DEWA not do the same? Many villa owners would go for this, summer bills here are astronomical!

Ali 3 years ago

In a nutshell, yes they could do but no they won't.

Doug 3 years ago

I agree with Ali, but to expand on understanding is that primarily, villas will be owned by someone but the person who actually ends up paying the DEWA bills will be the person renting it from the owner.

Therefore it is unlikely that the owner would bother with the time and effort involved, as payment in the form of a feed-in tariff would most likely be applied as a deduction on the DEWA bill. Therefore it doesn't affect the owner's running costs.

I suppose a forward-thinking landlord could install these and then rent their property out with a selling point of lower DEWA bills...but I wouldn't characterise many landlords here as 'forward-thinking', and until a national system of energy performance certificates is put in place for rental properties, I don't really see most renters even taking this into consideration.