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DEWA reveals projects for Hatta development plan

DEWA’s projects include the first hydroelectric power station in the GCC, which will be completed within five years and will produce 250MW

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA.
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has revealed details of its projects and initiatives aimed at supporting the Hatta Comprehensive Development Plan.

DEWA’s projects include the first hydroelectric power station in the GCC, which will be completed within five years and produce 250MW.

Other projects, which involve the installation of photovoltaic (PV) panels on rooftops to produce electricity from solar power, and smart metres in buildings, will be completed by the end of 2018.

DEWA will also install electric vehicle charging stations in Hatta, according to Dubai Media Office. 

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA said: “DEWA’s initiatives in the Hatta Comprehensive Development Plan involve the region’s citizens in our projects, and provide leading and innovative job opportunities.

"The hydroelectric power station, which is the first-of-its-kind in the region, will increase the share of clean-energy use, support the sustainable development of Hatta, and enhance its position as one of the most prominent tourist attractions in the emirate.”

The hydroelectric power station will generate electricity by making use of the existing water stored in the Hatta Dam, which can store up to 1,716 million gallons, and an upper reservoir that will be built in the mountain to store up to 880 million gallons.

The upper reservoir will be 300m above the dam level. During off-peak hours, turbines that use clean and cheap solar energy will pump water from the dam to the upper reservoir.

In addition to the hydroelectric power station, DEWA is contributing to the sustainable development of Hatta through its Shams Dubai initiative, which encourages building owners to install photovoltaic panels to produce electricity from solar power and connect them to DEWA’s electricity grid.

Etihad Energy Services (Etihad ESCO), one of DEWA’s companies, will design and install photovoltaic panels for a total of 640 villas belonging to Emiratis in Hatta.

Etihad ESCO is currently studying the project in terms of its phases, charts, and number of villas that solar panels will be installed on. The project will be completed by the end of 2018.

DEWA is encouraging the use of electric vehicles in Hatta through its Green Charger initiative. Electric-vehicle charging stations are being installed as part of the initiative to motivate the use of the environmentally-friendly electric vehicles.

Currently, there is a charging station at DEWA’s Customer Happiness Centre in Hatta. DEWA is working on installing other Green Chargers in the region.

DEWA is also working to install smart metres in the buildings in Hatta according to the latest international systems through its Smart Meters and Grids initiative.

The project will also be completed by the end of 2018.

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