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by Baset Asaba on Apr 27, 2017

The emirate of Sharjah is undergoing a major transformation under HE Dr. Rashid Al Leem, Chairman of Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA).

A quick drive through the streets of Sharjah in UAE offers a clear vision of an emirate in a rush to catch up with its neighbours on the wider push towards smart cities.

Solar energy is now being used to light up more than 20kms of a major stretch of the city’s suburbs such as Al Saja’a and Al Barashi that were hitherto obscured in darkness.

It is a feat that signals the kind of direction that Sharjah has chosen to take over the coming years to address growing electricity and water needs, driven by population growth and emirate’s industry expansion.

“We have chosen to take the smart and clean way to guarantee our relevancy in an ever evolving society and to ensure sustainability,” says Al Leem.

“Rising energy needs oblige investment in sustainable and clean energy production and use. As a social facility, street light is a key indicator of socio-economic development position of a country. Streetlights also play an important role in improving the general business and living climate of urban and peri-urban areas.”

Dr. Al leem points out that due to the high demand on the national grid, diversification of a country’s energy system and supply is important, and that for this to happen, advanced technology must be fully tapped.

“Such diversification would require energy efficient technologies and sources of energy that are independent of the national grid such as solar power. Technology is a very important aspect in the operation of utilities,” says Dr. Al Leem.


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