Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has launched Green Dubai, its latest sustainability initiative aimed at incentivising property and car owners in the emirate to further embrace 'green' energy.
Green Dubai’s first phase will include the Shams Dubai initiative, which encourages building owners to install photovoltaic solar panels and connect them to DEWA’s grid, adding to the 1,145 buildings that have already been connected to Dubai’s power grid with a 50MW capacity.
The Green Charge initiative, also part of DEWA’s Green Dubai plans, is aimed at increasing the emirate’s electric vehicle capacity. Having already installed over 100 Green Chargers across Dubai, DEWA is working to increase that number to 200 stations by year-end.
“To encourage customers to use eco-friendly electric vehicles, DEWA provides free charging for electric cars registered in the Green Charger initiative until the end of 2019,” the authority said.
‘High Water Usage Alert’ is the third initiative under Green Dubai, aimed at helping customers discover possible leaks in their water connections, after the meter.
“The system sends instant notifications to the customer if there are any unusual increases in consumption, which helps the customer to check the internal connections and repair any leaks, with the help of a specialised technician,” DEWA explained.
“This contributes to reducing incurred costs by limiting water wastage.”
Speaking on its plans, DEWA chief executive officer and managing director, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, said: “Green Dubai aims to empower customers to adopt a conscious and responsible lifestyle through the sensible use of electricity and water.
“This supports the Demand Side Management Strategy to reduce electricity and water use by 30% by 2030, generating clean solar energy, and encouraging the use of eco-friendly electric vehicles. Environmental work requires concerted efforts to achieve a balance between developments and the environment, to protect the rights of future generations to enjoy a clean, healthy, and safe environment.”