Russia and the Middle East
Tue, 06 february 2018Tue
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Dubai harvests abundance of solar energy

The UAE aims to achieve a balance between development and the environment, and protects the rights of future generations to enjoy a clean, healthy, and safe environment. The nation, under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, gives great importance to diversifying the energy mix.

The UAE's green vision recognises that alternative energy is the energy of the future. Led by initiatives such as Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, and the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai, the UAE continues to build renewable energy projects for the benefit of future generations. These projects set the ground for providing sustainable and clean energy for generations to come.

For generations to come:

These mega projects produce energy from renewable sources in the UAE, and will contribute in the long-term to the protection of the environment and its natural resources. The next generation will appreciate these efforts as we appreciate the efforts of our ancestors who paid great attention to conserving the environment while fostering development. The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the UAE, placed great emphasis on environmental sustainability for the benefit of future generations. He observed: "Our forefathers lived and survived in this environment. They were able to do so because they recognised the need to conserve it, to take from it only what they needed to live, and to preserve it for succeeding generations." :: DEWA's sustainability efforts.

DEWA not only provides electricity and water services to its customers with the highest levels of efficiency, reliability and excellence, but places considerable attention to environmental sustainability and diversification of the energy mix to include renewable and clean energy. DEWA's efforts in this field supports the long-term national Green Economy for Sustainable Development initiative, launched by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to establish the UAE as a world leader in green economy and a centre for the export and re-export of green products and technologies. They also support the UAE Vision 2021, to make the UAE one of the leading countries in green economy, protect the environment and ensure a sustainable economic growth in the long term. DEWA's initiatives support the Dubai Plan 2021 for Dubai to be a smart, integrated, connected city that sustainably manages its resources and has a clean, healthy and sustainable environment. DEWA's efforts also support the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, launched by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy to diversify Dubai's energy mix and reduce energy demand by 30% by 2030.

Harvesting solar power:

The Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 to diversify energy sources had initially set the percentage of renewable energy in Dubai's energy mix to be 1% by 2020, and 5% by 2030. But, as always, DEWA derives its vision from Dubai and is inspired by the strategy of its leadership, it is on the right path to double these percentages many times. At the World Future Energy Summit 2015 in 19-22 January 2015, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, announced that he had increased the percentage of renewable energy in Dubai's energy mix to 7% by 2020 and 15% by 2030. DEWA also announced a new project based on the independent power producer (IPP) model to generate 500MW using photovoltaic panels in 2016.

Solar power is connected to DEWA's grid has two forms. The first is DEWA's solar power plants and the second is electricity produced from photovoltaic (PV) panels installed on rooftops of buildings and connected to the grid.