Hatta's first solar-powered villa connected to grid

Hatta's first solar-powered villa connected to grid
The project will see 640 villas in Hatta fitted with solar power
Published: 4 January 2018 - 7 a.m.
By: Namitha Madhu

One of the villas in the ‘Hatta Solar Project’ has been connected to the grid to receive solar connection, marking a milestone for Etihad ESCO and Dubai Carbon.

The Hatta Solar Project, implemented by Etihad ESCO, consists of 640 solar-powered villas and is part of the Shams Dubai initiative. It is the largest residential rooftop solar PV project in the region.

Dubai Carbon was commissioned by Etihad ESCO to procure, construct, operate and provide maintenance and installation of solar photovoltaic systems.

Ali Al Jassim, CEO of Etihad ESCO, said, “Hatta’s first solar connection is an important milestone.  We value the concrete steps taken towards the implementation of solar power in Hatta and extend our gratitude to Dubai Carbon for their continued efforts towards enhancing the use of solar energy in the region.”

The Hatta solar project supports the Hatta Comprehensive Development Plan, launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

“The grid-connected solar project in Hatta will provide energy savings to Hatta residents, as well as support the development of renewable energy in the region. Several factors are driving solar's ever-increasing adoption, including improved technologies, falling installation costs, and endorsement from the government,” said Ivano Iannelli, CEO of Dubai Carbon.

According to a press release, with rooftop solar panels connected to the grid, any excess electricity produced is fed back into the grid, which can then be used when required. This will improve energy demand management for adaptation to climate change.

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