Dubai’s Etihad ESCO completes Hatta Solar retrofit project

Dubai’s Etihad ESCO completes Hatta Solar retrofit project
Published: 14 February 2019 - 6:15 a.m.
By: Nikhil Pereira

Etihad Energy Services Company (Etihad ESCO) has successfully completed the Hatta solar retrofit project, which included installation of 7,756 photovoltaic (PV) solar panels over the roofs of 554 Hatta villas.

The project, which forms part of DEWA’s Shams Dubai initiative, aims to generate 3,612,357-kilowatt hour (KWh) of energy annually out of 554 newly retrofitted villas.

The average peak power of the solar PV system installed (kWp) on each villa is 4.5KWp, with the total solar PV system installed for all villas amounting to 2,493KWp.

With the completion of the project, each villa will now generate 6,520KWh of power every year, which will result in the production of 3,612,357 KWh power in total.

In addition, an annual reduction in CO2emissions by 2,159 tonnes, will be a remarkable achievement of the project.

The project is part of the Shams Dubai initiative which encourages building owners to install solar panels on their rooftops to generate electricity from solar power and link it to DEWA’s grid to allow transfer of surplus generation.

The project’s maintenance services will also be provided by Etihad ESCO for a period of one year from completion.

Ali Al Jassim, CEO, Etihad ESCO said: “Etihad ESCO’s ambitious target to retrofit 30,000 buildings by 2030 and to implement AED 500 million worth of projects, expanding operations beyond building retrofits into industrial retrofits and solar projects, will play a significant role in positioning Dubai at the forefront of sustainability efforts globally.”

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