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DEWA hands smart grid consultancy contract to CESI

DEWA plans to allow homeowners to put solar panels on roofs.

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Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.

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Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has awarded CESI Middle East a consultancy contract related to its renewable energy and smart grid initiatives.

According to a statement, the contract is linked to plans to allow homeowners to put PV panels on their roofs and feed energy into the grid, along with plans to roll out smart meters and charging stations for electric cars.

“DEWA is actively contributing to building Dubai as a Smart City through three new smart initiatives to achieve sustainable development in the Emirate of Dubai,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.

“These three initiatives are firstly, solar panels on roofs. To encourage households and building owners to install photovoltaic solar panels to produce electricity and use it locally in buildings, DEWA will connect these panels to the grid and buy any excess generated; encouraging the use of renewable energy and increasing its share in the energy mix.

“Secondly, smart grids and smart applications will speed up connections and ensure faster response through immediate reconnection, while conserving the smart consumption using smart meters to enhance happiness and prosperity of all citizens and residents, promoting resources sustainability.

“Thirdly, DEWA will construct and install Charging Stations for electric vehicles. The infrastructure and locations will be identified in coordination with the relevant authorities. This initiative puts Dubai as the first in the region and promotes the emirate’s role in energy sustainability.”

By 2030, Dubai expects 71% of its total power output will come from gas, 12% from nuclear power, 12% from ‘clean’ coal and 5% (equivalent to 1GW) from solar power. Generation capacity will effectively double from ten to 20GW, although per capita consumption is expected to drop 30%. 

“CESI is honored to assist DEWA with this strategic step in the development of Dubai’s Energy Strategy,” said Dr. Matteo Codazzi, Chief Executive Officer of CESI.

“This agreement clearly proves that DEWA strongly supports making renewable energy a key component of the Emirate’s energy supply mix, reflecting a praiseworthy long-term commitment to significant investments that will maximize the potential of its power grid.

"Leveraging on its established expertise in the Middle East, and on its global network of skilled professionals, CESI will help DEWA in ensuring that the integration of renewable energy projects best serves the goals of the Government’s green agenda, through further contributing to the energy stability and sustainability of the region."

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