Photovoltaic panels installed at Jebel Ali Power Station

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The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) unveiled a collection of 5,240 photovoltaic panels at the roof of the water tank at M-Station for solar power generation.

Photovoltaic panels installed at Jebel Ali Power Station

Photovoltaic panels installed at Jebel Ali Power Station

The station is considered as the biggest power production and desalination plant in the UAE and the panels installed covering 23,000 square meters will produce 1.5 megawatt direct current (MWdc) of photovoltaic power.

As part of the Shams Dubai initiative, the project is being developed to cater to the station’s yearly energy requirements generating 2,666 MW/h of renewable energy and clean electricity. The initiative encourages customers to install photovoltaic panels on their rooftops converting solar energy into electricity.

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been moving around the roof of the station to monitor the photovoltaic panels.

Through the project, the amount of carbon dioxide emission is expected to decrease by around 1,600 tons, and will be connected with DEWA’s grid. Surplus energy produced will be distributed to an internal power network at DEWA’s Jebel Ali unit.

It is noted that the solar energy connected to DEWA’s grid is obtained from two resources. The first comes from the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which is one of the largest single-site solar energy projects in the world and is expected to generate 5,000 MW by 2030.

The second comes from electricity created from small and medium solar-energy systems. The electricity is made and generated form photovoltaic panels on rooftops of establishments and connecting them to DEWA’s grid.

DEWA explained that the project will boost the production of solar electricity, lessen the UAE’s carbon footprint, protect the environment, and to push through the development of a green economy.

Mohamed Dekkak

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