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Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has launched the ‘Hab Reeh’ solar PV design assessment platform in its move to become paperless.

The platform is aimed to help consultants and contractors evaluate solar PV designs for building use to ensure they are compatible with DEWA’s standards before submission.

The interactive platform provides unlimited design options for the user in addition to a database of approved solar energy equipment, that includes over 150 types from international manufacturers, to help them choose the most suitable equipment and tools.

DEWA has started training engineers and technicians on using the platform within its training programme for contractors and consulting companies.

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“This is part of the Dubai Paperless Strategy, launched by His Highness to stop using paper in all internal and external transactions and with customers by December 2021,” says Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA.

“Launching the Hab Reeh platform is part of DEWA’s efforts to ensure that solar PV systems in buildings are designed and installed according to the highest quality and the best international standards.”

By the end of 2020, DEWA had connected more than 6,600 solar systems to its grid, with a total capacity of about 260MW.

DEWA provides a training programme for the accreditation of consultants and contractors specialised in the installation of solar systems on buildings. To date 130 companies have been enrolled to work in the design and implementation of solar PV projects for buildings, including 116 contractors and 14 consultants.

‘Hab Reeh’ is a term in Emirati dialect that denotes speed, efficiency and positivity.