Solar panels have been installed on 30 buildings in Dubai in a bid to increase the emirate’s power output from renewable energy sources to 75% by 2050.
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA)’s ‘Shams Dubai’ initiative, launched last year, is designed to help residents to fit photovoltaic panels on their rooftops to generate electricity from solar power.
The energy is used on site and any surplus is exported to DEWA’s national grid, according to a report by state news agency WAM.
The authority announced this weekend that 30 systems have been installed to date and six have so far been connected to DEWA’s grid.
One of the key projects completed is a 1.5 megawatt solar project at Jebel Ali Power Station – touted as one of the largest single-rooftop solar schemes in the Middle East and North Africa.
DEWA installed 5,240 photovoltaic panels on the 23,000m2 roof of the water reservoir at its ‘M-Station’ power production and desalination plant. The project aims to reduce carbon consumption by 1,600 tonnes
Saeed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA, said: “I urge all members of society to be our partners in producing renewable energy, and achieving Dubai government’s objectives to diversify the energy mix.”