Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has reported progress on four of its six projects in Dubai's Al Marmoom Reserve.
Electricity connections have been completed and smart meters installed at all four developments. An electric vehicle charging station has been built and a Manarati smart pole has also been installed at the nature reserve and eco-tourism destination in the emirate.
Nine government organisations are currently implementing 20 projects at the site. One of DEWA's six projects includes supplying renewable energy generated by Dubai's Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (MBR) Solar Park, the largest single-site solar project in the world.
Project 2 will see solar panels installed on the roofs of buildings in Al Marmoom Reserve to generate power. These panels will be connected to DEWA's electricity grid as the authority attempts to help Dubai generate 75% of its energy from clean sources by 2050.
DEWA's third and fourth projects include the installation of electric vehicle charging stations and smart meters respectively.
Project 5 includes the installation of Manarati smart poles, while its sixth project at the nature reserve will see it develop a water infrastructure network.
HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and chief executive officer of DEWA, said the authority was happy to contribute to the project and help Dubai meet its ambitious clean energy targets.
"We are pleased to participate in this plan through projects that support sustainable development in its economic, environmental, and social aspects, supporting the objectives of the UAE Centennial 2071," he said.
"We have developed our concept of sustainability beyond our operations to include suppliers, and the society, and economy of Dubai".
The MBR Solar Park is one of the main features of the Al Marmoom Reserve, which spans a tenth of Dubai's total land area and is home to 204 species of native birds, 158 species of migratory birds, and 10 km of lakes.
"MBR Solar Park will contribute to enhancing the efficiency of our natural resources and reducing the environmental footprint through the reduction of more than 6.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year upon completion," Al Tayer added.
The multi-phase project is expected to create up to 1,100 jobs by 2020 and will focus on recruiting Emirati youth.