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One-tenth of Emirati homes in Dubai to get solar PV panels in 2019

Six contractors picked by Dewa to retrofit 10% of Emirati-owned homes, with solar PV project to be overseen by Etihad Esco

Dewa will fund the solar retrofit project for Emirati homes.
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Dewa will fund the solar retrofit project for Emirati homes.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) will install photovoltaic panels on up to 10% of homes owned by UAE citizens, with six contractors picked to deliver the installation that is due to complete 2019 under the oversight of Etihad Energy Services Co (Etihad Esco).

The homes will be connected to Dewa’s electricity grid and will contribute to Dubai’s target of meeting 75% of its power needs with clean energy by 2050.

Under Etihad Esco's management, the contractors will also install energy-efficient lights and water-saving devices for the homes. Dewa will bear all of the costs related to the renewable energy retrofitting scheme.

The utilities body floated the project's tender on 17 January, 2019, and received bids from 13 companies, according to a report by Wam. The names of the contractors were not publicised in the UAE state news agency's report.  

Dewa's project makes it the first government body to initiate a development related to the recently unveiled 50-Year Charter. Launched by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai, the policy is a strategic roadmap for critical projects, including solar power and sustainability.

Managing director and chief executive officer of Dewa, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, said the retrofitting scheme will “raise Dubai’s position as a role model” on the global stage. 

With steady investments in modernisation and innovation across a broad range of industries, “Dubai has become a role model for a city of the future, which brings happiness to its citizens”, he added.

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