Hatta connects first solar-powered villa to grid

Hatta had its first solar-powered villa connected to the grid

The Hatta solar project, which consists of 640 solar-powered villas, is part of the Shams Dubai initiative.
The Hatta solar project, which consists of 640 solar-powered villas, is part of the Shams Dubai initiative.

Hatta had its first solar-powered villa connected to the grid.

The Hatta solar project, which consists of 640 solar-powered villas, is part of the Shams Dubai initiative. 

Talking about the first connection, Ali Al Jassim, CEO of Etihad ESCO, said: “Hatta’s first solar connection is an important milestone.

"We value the concrete steps taken towards the implementation of solar power in Hatta and extend our gratitude to Dubai Carbon for their continued efforts towards enhancing the use of solar energy in the region.” 

The project enables building owners to install solar panels on their rooftops to generate electricity from solar power. Implemented by Etihad ESCO, it is the largest residential rooftop solar PV project in the region.

Dubai Carbon has been commissioned by Etihad ESCO to procure, construct, operate and provide maintenance and installation of solar photovoltaic systems for 430 villas in Hatta.

Dubai Carbon is replicating its innovative approach through Safaqat, an initiative that aims at enabling UAE home owners and tenants in their transition to solar energy, by offering financing schemes allowing residential solar hopefuls to stay cash flow positive throughout their solar energy journey.

Ivano Iannelli, CEO of Dubai Carbon, said: “The grid-connected solar project in Hatta will provide energy savings to Hatta residents, as well as support the development of renewable energy in the region. Several factors are driving solar's ever-increasing adoption, from improved technologies and falling installation costs to endorsement from government. Through Safaqat, we make it even easier and accessible for home owners and tenants to embrace solar energy.” 

Al Jassim added: “The grid-connected solar project is in line with the Demand Side Energy Management Strategy which seeks to reduce energy and water demand by 30% by 2030, driving the country towards its goal of sustainable development and making Dubai one of the most sustainable cities in the region.”

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