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ABB bags solar contract

Swiss company will develop grid connected PV system at its Al Quoz premises.

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Carlos Pone, ABB, and Mohammed Al Tayer, DEWA, sign on the dotted line
Carlos Pone, ABB, and Mohammed Al Tayer, DEWA, sign on the dotted line

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ABB to develop a pilot solar power project at ABB’s premises with a grid-connected rooftop 277kW photovoltaic (PV) system.

Under the deal, the project will connect to DEWA’s grid through a low-voltage distribution board at ABB, and will be used as a learning tool for the deployment of solar PV rooftop installations in Dubai.

The MOU was signed by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, and Carlos Pone, Chief Executive Officer for ABB in the United Arab Emirates.

“We are pleased to collaborate with ABB in this project, which will help in developing renewable-energy resources, and support DEWA’s vision to become a sustainable world-class utility,” said Al Tayer.

“It also demonstrates how government and private organisations can work together to enhance Dubai’s sustainable development, and establish its position as a global hub for trade, finance, tourism, and green economy.”

Carlos Pone said: “ABB is delighted to sign this strategic agreement to install a solar rooftop at its facility in Al Quoz in Dubai. We look forward to working together with DEWA to help to develop the solar industry in the Emirate and for our installation to also be a showcase in the region, proving the benefits of renewable technologies and how they can be integrated seamlessly into the existing electrical grid.

“We also share DEWA’s vision that Dubai will be a world-class smart city and we firmly believe for this to happen it also needs to be energy-efficient. We are sure that DEWA’s excellent initiatives, coupled with innovations and technologies from companies such as ABB, will make this ambition a reality.”

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