Dubai residents urged to self-generate electric power

Dubai residents urged to self-generate electric power
Published: 26 August 2017 - 12:03 a.m.
By: Baset Asaba

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has once again invited Dubai’s citizens and residents to benefit from the Shams Dubai smart initiative, following the outstanding success and the great adoption rate the initiative has achieved since its launch.

Shams Dubai encourages DEWA customers to install solar photovoltaic panels on the roofs of their premises to generate electricity from solar power and export any excess to the power grid. This is part of DEWA’s effort to promote Dubai’s sustainable and comprehensive development, and support national efforts to increase reliance on clean energy, protect the environment and our natural resources sustainably, and support further transformation towards a green economy.

“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, and support the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050.”

Shams Dubai allows customers to avoid using very expensive power storage systems by connecting the photovoltaic panels to the network. The surplus power is exported to DEWA’s grid, which is deducted from the customers' future bill.

Shams Dubai has been instrumental to the development of the flourishing solar industry in Dubai, and supports the long-term Green Economy for Sustainable Development initiative, to build a green economy in the UAE

Participants in the programme have already installed photovoltaic panels on 435 buildings with a total capacity of 15.6 megawatts (MW). This will increase in the future to eventually cover all buildings in the Emirate by 2030, according to Al Tayer.

To date, DEWA has certified over 300 solar photovoltaic experts, and a total of 63 companies are currently enrolled with DEWA for Shams Dubai: 54 contractors and 9 consultants. The equipment eligibility scheme has attracted interest from 85 manufacturers who have registered so far, and 700 pieces of equipment have been made eligible for use by Shams Dubai, such as panels, inverters, and interface protections.

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