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People generating energy from solar panels will soon be able to feed it back into Dubai's grid to offset bills
People generating energy from solar panels will soon be able to feed it back into Dubai's grid to offset bills

Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) has announced a deal with Italian smart grid company CESI to evaluate its transmission and network ahead of its recently-announced plan to let people offset bills by feeding power from solar panels back into its grid.

Under the deal, CESI will provide training for Dewa engineers and propose improviements to policies and protocols to improve the grid's availability and reliabiliy, as well as incorporating new applications that will improve the management of transmission operations.

DEWA CEO HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer said: "Dewa has developed plans and programmes to improve the operational efficiency of transmission and distribution networks and increase their efficiency and reliability. We are glad to work with CESI to ensure that the network is ready for the increase of renewable energy in Dubai’s energy mix, and to provide training for DEWA’s engineers.”

He added: “Last month, we increased the percentage of renewable energy to 7% by 2020, and 15% by 2030. This, coupled with our initiative to allow customers to install PV panels to produce electricity in buildings, requires incorporating new technologies into the network to guarantee that it copes with the increased renewable energy target.”

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