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.”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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