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Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
DEWA to install photo-voltaic panels for 640 villas in Hatta on a complimentary basis as part of Shams Dubai Initiative



September 25, 2017

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is installing solar panels on the roofs of villas for UAE nationals in Hatta, free of charge. This contributes to environmental sustainability, and to making Dubai one of the most sustainable cities in the world. It also supports the Shams Dubai initiative and Hatta Comprehensive Development Plan.

The visits began by an introductory meeting, in the presence of representatives from DEWA, a delegation from Etihad Energy Services Company (Etihad ESCO), Hatta's official representative, a number of dignitaries and Hatta residents. During the meeting, DEWA representatives briefed the attendees about the project, its objectives, and DEWA's Etihad ESCO being the company responsible for project management and technical supervision. They explained that the project is expected to be complete by February 2018.

The field visits, which targeted 640 villas, took place with the participation of more than 40 volunteers. These volunteers included members from DEWA staff, youth residing in Hatta, and volunteer organisations. The visits were supported by Dubai Municipality and Dubai Police, in order to explain the initiative and its objectives to homeowners, take their opinion and initial approval on the initiative. The project aims to support Hatta residents, and transform them from energy consumers to green consumers and producers of clean energy, as well as contribute to the protection of the environment, for generations to come.

"DEWA is a strategic partner in the implementation of the Hatta Comprehensive Development Plan, launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. We are keen to encourage Hatta residents to utilise Shams Dubai as a key pillar of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, which aims to transform Dubai into a global hub for clean energy and green economy, and to provide 75% of Dubai's energy through clean sources by 2050. The initiative also supports the Demand Side Energy Management Strategy, which to reduce energy and water demand by 30% by 2030, driving the country's sustainable development and making Dubai one of the most sustainable cities in the world," said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.

"Shams Dubai aims to establish a sustainable model of energy conservation that can be exported to the whole world, by supporting the long-term initiative, launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, under the slogan Green Economy for Sustainable Development', to create a green economy in the UAE, and achieve the UAE Vision 2021," added Al Tayer.

"DEWA will work in cooperation with Etihad ESCO, to design and install solar panels on the rooftops of the Hatta area, providing them with a guarantee for the panels installed for one full year, free of charge, which will result in many environmental and economic benefits for them. The value of energy produced will be deducted from the electricity consumption bill of each household. The production capacity is expected to cover a large portion of the total bill, highlighted that the project will contribute to the overall awareness and development of the region. She noted that it will also support efforts to diversify the energy mix in Dubai, and involve the public in reducing the carbon footprint of the Emirate, pointing out that the project has been well received by Hatta residents who have registered. Al Mehairi confirmed that the residents praised the initiatives of the wise leadership, as well as DEWA's programmes and projects, as they provide them with the necessary services and facilities for a green lifestyle." added Al Tayer.

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