222 buildings connected with PV panels in Dubai
A total of 222 buildings were connected with photovoltaic installations last month as part of DEWA's Shams Dubai initiative
A total of 222 buildings were connected with photovoltaic installations in Dubai as part of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) Shams Dubai initiative in October.
This includes residential and commercial buildings with a capacity of over 6 megawatt (MW). As of last month, DEWA has also enrolled 44 contracting and consultancy companies.
A total of 247 engineers have been certified as enrolled electrical and solar photovoltaic consultants and contractors while 70 manufacturers of solar power equipment registered 578 products as eligible for Shams Dubai.
DEWA is also cooperating with 18 government organisations to install PV panels on 35 government buildings.
HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA said: “I would like to commend those who have installed PV panels to produce electricity locally. It is commendable that you are protecting the environment and reducing the carbon footprint by making use of solar energy.
“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.”
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 launched the Shams Dubai in adherence with the Smart Dubai initiative, which was launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai the happiest and smartest city in the world.
Construction of the largest distributed solar rooftop project in the Middle East is underway 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.