Dubai to build largest rooftop solar plant in ME

Etihad ESCO, an energy management services provider established by Dubai's state utility firm, has submitted a tender for the largest rooftop solar PV project in the region


Etihad ESCO, a unit of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), will design and install rooftop solar PV panels for a total of 640 villas in Hatta, a statement said.

The housing projects are being developed under the Hatta Comprehensive Development Plan, which was launched by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

According to Etihad ESCO, the project will be completed by end of 2018, and is expected to yield highest energy savings. The rooftop solar PVs will be connected to DEWA’s main grid through the Shams Dubai programme, which will save cost for residents living in these villas, once the project is completed.

Ali Al Jassim, CEO of Etihad ESCO, said: "For Hatta, it will be the largest rooftop solar PV project in the region, and will be implemented by Etihad Solar. Under this landmark tender, we will be installing rooftop solar PVs at villas in Hatta, and provide maintenance services for two years thereafter."

Etihad Solar is a dedicated division under Etihad ESCO established to distribute innovative solar power generation solutions across the energy sector in the UAE.

The statement said the Hatta project will also create technical, administrative and operational jobs.

The plan is part of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, which aims to reach clean energy supply targets of 25 percent by 2030, and 75 percent by 2050.

The AED1.3 billion ($353.9 million) Hatta Comprehensive Development Plan aims to boost the area’s social and economic attractiveness as a world-class environmental tourist destination.

It covers three key areas including the economic and service sector, tourism and sports, and culture and education.


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