Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has connected 1,354 photovoltaic installations on residential, commercial and industrial buildings in Dubai, with a total capacity of 125MW. Shams Dubai initiative has encouraged customers to install solar photovoltaic panels at their property to generate electricity from solar power and export any excess to the power grid.
“DEWA supports the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to generate 75% of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy by 2050. Shams Dubai gives Dubai’s residents the opportunity to transform their buildings into sustainable ones, reduce the Emirate’s carbon footprint, and increase the proportion of solar power in Dubai’s environmentally-friendly energy mix. Through this initiative, community members will promote sustainable development in Dubai and transform the Emirate into a global hub for clean energy and green economy, This will also support the Smart Dubai initiative launched by His Highness to make Dubai the smartest and happiest city in the world,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.
“DEWA has outlined easy steps to install photovoltaic systems on buildings to generate solar power as part of the Shams Dubai initiative. The installation process starts with the customer contacting one of the solar consultants or contractors enrolled by DEWA to study the possibility of installing the solar power system and suggesting the best solution. The consultant or contractor then obtains the necessary approvals from DEWA. These include a No-Objection Certificate for installing solar power and connecting it to the power network and design approval that confirms its design meets all requirements. After obtaining the necessary approvals, site works are undertaken. Once the installation is complete, the contractor or consultant submits a notification, DEWA then conducts a technical inspection of the site and install the required smart meters to complete the connection process,” noted Al Tayer.
Furthermore, DEWA won 9 gold awards for the Breakthrough Innovation Idea of the Year, Green Idea of the Year, Policing Security Idea of the Year, Team Idea of the Year, Individual Idea of the Year, Champion and Advocate of the Year, Performance Excellence for Dollars Saved, and Performance Excellence for Savings per Implemented Suggestion. DEWA likewise won 3 silver awards for Team Idea of the year, Performance Excellence of Suggestion per 100 Employees, and Net Saving per Eligible Employee. DEWA likewise won 3 bronze awards for Executive Leadership, Best Program Administrator of the Year, and Excellence in Employee Participation. DEWA won the Overall Idea of the Year grant.