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DEWA solar panels installed on 30 Dubai buildings

A 30KW photovoltaic system was installed on the rooftop of the Employee Gate at Al Maktoum International Airport as a part of DEWA's Shams initiative

Up to 30 photovoltaic systems have been installed in Dubai. [Image: Dubai Media Office]
Up to 30 photovoltaic systems have been installed in Dubai. [Image: Dubai Media Office]

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% 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 that 30 systems have been installed to date and six have so far been connected to DEWA’s grid, according to Dubai Media Office.

One of the key projects completed as part of Shams Dubai, according to the news agency, is a 1.5MW solar project at Jebel Ali Power Station – touted as one of the largest single-rooftop solar schemes in the MENA region. 

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. 

DEWA connected a photovoltaic system to Dubai Municipality’s building in Al Kifaf with a capacity of 12kW, which equals 17 MWh of electricity every year.

This was done using 48 photovoltaic panels over 127 sqm.

One of the first projects implemented as part of Shams Dubai, was the installation of 30KW capacity on the rooftop of the Employee Gate at Al Maktoum International Airport.

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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