A total of 1,354 photovoltaic installations on residential, commercial and industrial buildings in Dubai have been connected by DEWA as part of the Shams Dubai initiative.
With a total capacity of 125MW, the panels generate electricity from solar power and export any excess to the power grid.
“Shams Dubai gives Dubai’s residents the opportunity to transform their buildings into sustainable ones, reduce the Emirate’s carbon footprint, and increase the proportion of solar power in Dubai's environmentally-friendly energy mix,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.
“Through this initiative, community members will promote sustainable development in Dubai and transform the Emirate into a global hub for clean energy and green economy, this will also support the Smart Dubai initiative launched by His Highness to make Dubai the smartest and happiest city in the world.”
DEWA has also connected a number of distributed solar projects at its own premises, including the 1.5MWp plant at Jebel Ali Power Station.
This installation covers the roof of Jebel Ali’s M Station, which is one of the largest rooftop projects in the Middle East and North Africa.
DEWA has partnered with 19 government organisations in Dubai, sponsoring 37 projects under the Shams Dubai initiative.
Projects include schools, mosques, and villas under the umbrella of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Housing Establishment.
“DEWA has outlined easy steps to install photovoltaic systems on buildings to generate solar power as part of the Shams Dubai initiative,” explained HE Al Tayer.
“The installation process starts with the customer contacting one of the solar consultants or contractors enrolled by DEWA to study the possibility of installing the solar power system and suggesting the best solution. The consultant or contractor then obtains the necessary approvals from DEWA.
“These include a no-objection certificate for installing solar power and connecting it to the power network, and design approval that confirms its design meets all requirements.
“After obtaining the necessary approvals, site works are undertaken. Once the installation is complete, the contractor or consultant submits a notification, DEWA then conducts a technical inspection of the site and install the required smart meters to complete the connection process.”