DEWA unveils solar plant in Jebal Ali

Solar power project supports the Shams Dubai initiative to transform Dubai into a smart city

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DEWA unveils solar plant in Jebal Ali  The Shams Dubai initiative enables customers to install photovoltaic panels on their rooftops to generate electricity from solar power
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  April 17, 2016

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has opened a single rooftop array for solar power generation at Jebel Ali Power Station (JAPS).

The array is one of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa region and has successfully connected to DEWA's grid with the aim to generate 1.5 megawatt direct current of photovoltaic power.

DEWA has installed 5,240 photovoltaic panels on the 23,000sqm of the roof on the water reservoir at M-Station, which is the largest power production and desalination plant in the UAE. The modules will produce 1.5MW by converting solar energy into electricity, enough to the meet the station's energy requirements. Furthermore, the solar rooftop will generate 2,666 MW/h of clean electricity annually.

DEWA has deployed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to check on the photovoltaic panels on the roof of the water reservoir.

This supports the Shams Dubai initiative, which in turn supports the Smart Dubai initiative, launched by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to transform Dubai into the smartest city in the world.

The Shams Dubai initiative enables customers to install photovoltaic panels on their rooftops to generate electricity from solar power. The electricity is used onsite and the excess is exported to DEWA's network. The aim is to encourage the community to move towards solar power energy, plus preserve the environment and lower the region's carbon footprint.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA 0said: "We support the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, to diversify Dubai's energy mix to include 25% from solar energy, 7% from clean coal, 7% from nuclear power, and 61% from natural gas by 2030. The mix will gradually increase the employment of clean energy sources to 75% by 2050." 

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