Dubai residents can now decrease their energy bills significantly as DEWA’s proposal allowing persons, including government and commercial sectors, to produce power through solar energy.
In a press discussion in Dubai, Saeed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA),stated that residential construction, villas owners and private and government companies can install photovoltaic panels on their building to produce solar power for their personal utilization.
He also added that the occupants and sectors can give applications with DEWA through its website free of cost, which will take about four weeks for approval. The only rate consumer will have to pay is a meter charge of Dh1,500.
About 11 applications have been submitted to this point by real estate developers, private establishments and other residential construction to set up the solar panels on their facilities with a joint capacity to produce around 8.5 megawatt power.
Regarding to the installation of the solar panels on the freehold estates, the associations will have to come forward to submit applications and decide and select the panel manufacturer and other needs of the building.
Al Tayer stated that commercial or residential sections from any place in Dubai can link to DEWA’s central grid. The surplus power will be modified once the user returns to Dubai and utilizes power. It was also discussed that there is no limit on how much a consumer can carry forward as the surplus power will be modified in the bill.
DEWA just added 200MW solar power in collaboration with Saudi Arabia’s Acwa Power and is running on additional 700MW solar plant. DEWA’s target is to produce 1,000 MW solar power by 2018-2019.
As part of plan to decrease carbon emission and improve sources for renewable energy in Dubai, Al Maktoum International Airport earlier this month associated with DEWA to build a solar array which helps limit the airport’s carbon footprint and facilitates the power generated to be supplied straight into the power grid. This is the first solar project to be linked directly to the DEWA grid.