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DEWA commissions two solar carports

DEWA has commissioned a 2MWp solar carport project as its cranks up Dubai's clean energy drive

DEWA has commissioned its 2MWp solar carport project.
DEWA has commissioned its 2MWp solar carport project.

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has commissioned a 2MWp solar project that has been rolled out at its headquarters and a UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCE) building.

Approximately 6,700 locally-manufactured solar panels were fitted above 885 parking spaces at the two sites, as DEWA ramps up Dubai's clean energy generation plan.

Spanning 13,200m² across two locations, the solar carport project, launched last year, will produce enough clean energy to offset up to 1,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per day.

READ: Solar retrofit sweeps across Dubai, Hatta

It has a total production capacity of approximately 2,000kW.

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and chief executive officer, DEWA, said the solar carport project would support Dubai's ongoing efforts to become the "smartest and happiest city in the world".

He said it would enhance the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 by helping the emirate become a "global hub for clean energy".

The carport project was launched as part of the authority's 2015 solar energy strategy called Shams Dubai, which encourages homeowners and businesses to install solar panels and link them up to DEWA's burgeoning clean electricity grid.

1,145 buildings have so far been connected to DEWA's network.

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