DEWA to champion Dubai solar market
The solar market remains DEWA's biggest challenge with adoption rates astonishingly low despite falling solar equipment prices.
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is turning its focus on changing mind sets about solar energy as part of its current efforts to drive solar adoption in Dubai, according to Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.
While prices for solar equipment continue to fall across the world, and the UAE’s abundant sunshine widely considered a viable source for alternative energy, the rate of solar adoption in the country remains markedly low.
“We are now going out strongly into the market,” said Al Tayer on Sunday on the sidelines of a workshop organised by DEWA and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) on accelerating residential solar energy held in Dubai.
“The standards, policies and regulations are ready for submission to the executive council. This will boost confidence as declining solar prices make future projects more feasible.”
As part of the Shams Dubai project launched in March, DEWA has trained more than 120 contractors and consultants to ensure that the set standards and regulations are met.
DEWA has registered more than 26 companies that applied for 12MW as part of Shams Dubai, while two households are part of the project.
“Despite the fact that the UAE is one of the biggest oil-producers in the world, and has large natural gas reserves, it is investing heavily into mega pioneering projects to produce clean and renewable energy to protect the environment and our precious resources,” Al Tayer told the workshop.
DEWA believes that the new regulations and standards will boost the safety, quality and efficiency of solar usage, which will in turn boost adoption, most especially within households.