Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), announced the launch of the largest projects of the Shams Dubai initiative launched by DEWA. Construction of the largest distributed solar rooftop project in the Middle East is underway after DP World commissioned the installation of 88,000 rooftop solar panels on its Dubai facilities as part of its continued efforts to reduce its carbon emissions.
Once phase one is completed in 2017, the project will provide enough clean power for 3,000 homes a year. It will result in 22,000 tonnes of carbon being saved annually, equivalent to taking 4,500 cars off the road. The solar panels will provide 40% of the total energy consumption of Jafza, one of the world’s largest free trade zones.
The DP World Solar Programme will contribute to energy diversification in the region as part of Dubai’s Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, which seeks to reduce energy demand by 30% by 2030.
After phase one of the project is completed in 2017 (totalling 22 megawatts at peak), phases two and three will follow, with further solar installations due in Jafza and Mina Rashid.
To read this post in Arabic, click here.