DEWA launches rooftop solar scheme

Shams Dubai is the first smart initiative aimed at turning Dubai into world's smartest city.

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DEWA launched its first smart initiative, Shams Dubai, to regulate the generation of solar energy in buildings and their connection to DEWA’s grid.

Shams Dubai encourages tenants and building owners to install photovoltaic solar panels to generate electricity while DEWA will connect the system to its network. The electricity will be used onsite and the surplus is exported to DEWA’s grid.

“This is one of three initiatives we launched last year to significantly improve the services provided to partners and customers, and make Dubai the smartest city in the world during the next three years.

This will enable the city’s facilities and services to be managed using smart and connected systems that enhance living standards for all of Dubai’s residents and visitors,” Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA.

“Last week, we announced the first project under the first smart initiative, in collaboration with Dubai Airports, to supply Dubai World Central - Al Maktoum International Airport in Jebel Ali with solar energy.

“The first step in implementing the initiative was installing photovoltaic panels to produce 30kW of electricity there. Council resolution number 46 encourages the use of renewable energy and increases its share in power generation.”

Al Tayer said the resolution established a culture of sustainability by encouraging customers to produce clean power and connect it to DEWA’s grid. An offset between exported and imported electricity units is conducted and the customer account is settled based on this offset, he added.

“Our aim is to transform Dubai into the smartest city in the world and make society happier by providing smart, instant, and seamless services around the clock. Dubai has all the capabilities to reach pole position internationally, through creative and technological innovation, which is one of the fundamental enablers to ensure a stimulating, creative, and sustainable environment,” said Al Tayer.

DEWA’s second initiative is to install smart meters and networks that contribute to fast-service connection, fast response, and rationalise energy use.

The third initiative is to establish the infrastructure to build 100 electric vehicle charging stations this year.


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