Etihad Esco to retrofit 554 villas in Hatta with PV solar panels

The project is expected to generate 3,612,357KWh of energy annually from 7,756 PV panels

Etihad Esco, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has announced that they are successfully retrofitting 554 villas in Hatta with photovoltaic (PV) solar panels.

The project included installing 7756 PV solar panels over the roofs of villas in Hatta and is part of Shams Dubai initiative, which encourages building owners to install solar panels on their rooftops to generate electricity from solar power and link it to Dewa’s grid to allow transfer of surplus generation.

Each villa had a solar PV system installed for an average peak power of 4.5KWp, with the total solar PV system installed for all villas amounting to 2,493KWp. Each villa is expected to generate 6250 KWh of power every year, once the project is completed which will result in total power generation of 3,612,357 KWh annually, according to Etihad Esco. It also said that the maintenance services would be provided by the company for a period of one year from completion, as part of the project.

Ali Al Jassim, CEO at Etihad Esco, said: “We are glad to have accomplished our goal of time-bound completion of the Hatta solar retrofit project. The initiative supports the Hatta Comprehensive Development Plan, which was launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, with an aim to transform Dubai into one of the most sustainable cities in the world.”

”We are confident that the project will lead to an annual reduction in CO2 emissions by 2,159 tonnes and will further contribute towards achieving 30 per cent reduction in energy demand by 2030, taking us one step closer towards our sustainability goals. Etihad ESCO’s ambitious target to retrofit 30,000 buildings by 2030 and to implement Dh500mn worth of projects, expanding operations beyond building retrofits into industrial retrofits and solar projects, will play a significant role in positioning Dubai at the forefront of sustainability efforts globally,” he concluded.

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