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Dewa sets example with solar panel installation

Steve Rogerson
August 30, 2017

The Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (Dewa) has installed 144 photovoltaic (PV) solar panels on the roof of its customer service centre in Hatta, as part of an initiative to encourage building owners to install PV panels on their rooftops and link them to Dewa’s network.
The production capacity of the solar panels installed is about 37.5kW of electricity and they produce about 56,900kWh per year, contributing to a reduction of around 24 tonnes of carbon emissions per year, equivalent to planting 625 trees per year. This contributes to the Hatta Comprehensive Development Plan, launched by Dubai prime minister HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Also, as part of the Shams Dubai initiative, Dewa subsidiary Etihad Esco is designing and installing solar PV systems in 640 villas in Hatta, to be completed by the end of 2018.
“We are pleased to play a role in the development of Hatta,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO of Dewa. We are inspired by the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, which outlines the roadmap that guides our work, initiatives and developmental projects to achieve the UAE Vision 2021.”
The UAE government wants to ensure sustainable development while preserving the environment, and to achieve a balance between economic and social development.
Dewa is encouraging the use of electric vehicles in Hatta through its Green Charger initiative to install electric-vehicle charging stations to encourage the use of the environmentally-friendly electric vehicles. Currently, there is a charging station at the customer servicer centre in Hatta, with others planned in the region.
Dewa is also working to install smart meters in Hatta through its Smart Application via Smart Meter & Grid initiative.
“Smart meters provide advanced features through smart applications,” said Al Tayer. “They enable customers to monitor and control their use, connection speed and other innovative features that promote a smart and green lifestyle.”
All Dewa’s main services are provided at the Hatta customer service centre, including registration of new customers and connections, billing enquiries and payments, final bills, requests to amend customer data, issuing clearance certificates and NoCs, submitting proposals and complaints, as well as general enquiries.