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Dewa connects 1,354 buildings with PV installations


Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has connected 1,354 photovoltaic (PV) installations on residential, commercial and industrial buildings in Dubai, with a total capacity of 125MW.

This is due to its Shams Dubai initiative to encourage customers to install solar photovoltaic panels at their premises to generate electricity from solar power and export any excess to the power grid.

“The Shams Dubai initiative’s first customer to connect solar photovoltaic systems to Dewa’s grid was the rooftop of the employees’ building at Dubai World Central - Al Maktoum International Airport, with a capacity of 30 kilowatts at peak load (kWp),” Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dewa.

“After that, a number of ambitious projects were completed, including the 1 megawatt at peak load (MWp) carport installation at Emirates Engine Maintenance Centre in Warsan, a number of Dubai Municipality buildings, including the 260 kWp carport at the Khawaneej park, the 1,210 kWp plant at the Engineer’s Office’s water pumping station at Al Qudra, the 126 kWp canopy at ENOC petrol station near Dubai Internet City, and 426 villas at the Sustainable City,” added Al Tayer.

Dewa also connected a number of distributed solar projects at its own premises, including the 1.5 MWp 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 partnered with 19 government organisations in Dubai, sponsoring 37 projects under the Shams Dubai initiative. These projects include schools, mosques, and villas under the umbrella of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Housing Establishment.

“In addition, Dewa’s Shams Dubai Calculator was launched on Dewa’s website to support and educate customers who want to install solar panels on rooftops, by providing estimated comparisons and additional information with ease,” Al Tayer noted. – TradeArabia News Service

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