UAE: Smart initiative on solar energy in buildings

Dubai’s Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has launched its first smart initiative, Shams Dubai. The project will regulate the generation of solar energy in buildings, as well as their connection to DEWA’s energy grid.

Shams Dubai will offer incentives intended to encourage tenants and building owners alike, to install photovoltaic solar panels to generate electricity. In addition to meeting the power needs of the building, any surplus will be exported to DEWA’s grid.

DEWA says the initiative will encourage the use of renewable energy, and will also increase the share of electricity production and diversity of the energy mix.

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, said: “This is one of three initiatives we launched last year to significantly improve the services provided to partners and customers, and make Dubai the smartest city in the world during the next three years.

“This will enable the city’s facilities and services to be managed using smart and connected systems that enhance living standards for all of Dubai’s residents and visitors.”

DEWA’s Shams Dubai is set to support the Smart Dubai initiative put forth by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Under his directive, the goal is to transform Dubai into a smart city within three years, through the introduction of 100 initiatives and 1,000 smart services.

Source: Construction Week Online

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