Dubai calls upon residents to adopt rooftop solar

Dubai calls upon residents to adopt rooftop solar
Published: 3 June 2018 - 5:45 a.m.
By: Baset Asaba

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has again invited Dubai’s citizens and residents to benefit from the Shams Dubai smart initiative following the success it has so far registered.

Shams Dubai encourages DEWA customers to install solar photovoltaic panels on the roofs of their premises to generate electricity from solar power and export any excess to the power grid.

It is part of DEWA’s effort to promote Dubai’s sustainable and comprehensive development, and support national efforts to increase reliance on clean energy, protect the environment and our natural resources sustainably, and support further transformation towards a green economy.

“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,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.

“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, and support the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050.”

Al Tayer noted that Shams Dubai enables customers to avoid using very expensive power storage systems by connecting the photovoltaic panels to the network.

This is because the surplus power is exported to DEWA’s grid, and the equivalent amount is subsequently deducted from the customers' future bill.

“Shams Dubai has been instrumental to the development of the flourishing solar industry in Dubai, and supports the long-term Green Economy for Sustainable Development initiative, to build a green economy in the UAE,” said Al Tayer.

Al Tayer hailed the efforts of institutions and individuals who have participated in the Shams Dubai initiative and have already installed photovoltaic panels on 1032 buildings with a total capacity of 43.77 megawatts (MW). This will increase in the future to eventually cover all buildings in the Emirate by 2030.

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 accredited 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 an NOC for installing solar power and connecting it to the power network, and approval that its design meets all requirements.

After obtaining the necessary approvals, site works are undertaken, and once the installation is complete the contractor or consultant submits a notification to DEWA to conduct the technical inspection of the site and install the required smart meters to complete the connection process.

DEWA’s Shams Dubai Calculator was launched on DEWA’s website to support customers who want to install solar panels on rooftops, by providing detailed comparisons and additional information with ease, using innovative tools.

Once customers have entered their registered account numbers, they can identify the location of the building and determine its surface through an interactive map. They can also determine the number of solar panels absorbed by this area, and the capacity of these panels on a monthly or annual basis, using innovative interactive tools.

The client can draw the space that he or she wants to benefit from, subject to the total actual surface area of the building.

The interactive map allows the client to know other information as well, such as the locations of the Green Charger stations, solar panel sites installed by DEWA’s operators under the Shams Dubai initiative, and the possibility of sharing results through social media.

To date, DEWA has certified over 446 solar photovoltaic experts, and a total of 96 companies are currently enrolled with DEWA for Shams Dubai: 85 contractors and 11 consultants.

The equipment eligibility scheme has attracted interest from 100 manufacturers who have registered so far, and 800 equipment’s have been made eligible for use by Shams Dubai, such as panels, inverters, and interface protections.

DEWA has made available lots of information about Shams Dubai, including the Shams Dubai Calculator, in the smart initiatives section of DEWA’s website. It includes all the conditions and requirements for Shams Dubai, as well as lists of enrolled consultants and contractors, and eligible equipment.

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