Authority will also install panels at Ministry of Climate Change and Environment building
As part of the Shams Dubai initiative, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has announced that it intends to install solar carports at its headquarters in Dubai, as well as the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment building.
The project is already underway and aims to leverage photovoltaic (PV) panels that will be installed at parking lots at both sites (902 spaces) to generate clean electricity. The move is part of DEWA’s efforts to increase its reliance on clean energy, and support Dubai’s smart transformation. The initiative is also in line with the authority’s vision to become a sustainable, innovative world-class utility provider.
“The solar carports project at our headquarters and the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, is part of our efforts to encourage the public to benefit from Shams Dubai. Through the project, we intend to provide comfort and enhance the happiness of our stakeholders, to fulfil our mission, in line with our core values, as well as promote the initiative among all stakeholders, both individuals and institutions, in the public and private sectors,” remarked Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, the managing director and chief executive officer of DEWA.
Once all the panels have been installed, the DEWA and Ministry parking lots will have capacities of 1,780KW and 220KW respectively. Both locations are expected to generate a total of 2,750MWp, which is said to be the equivalent of reducing about 1,500 tonnes of carbon emissions annually.
Al Tayer also said that DEWA has completed linking its network with 450 residential and commercial buildings, with a total capacity of about 17.7MW, through Shams Dubai. The authority is now working to increase this number to reach all buildings across the emirate by 2030.