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Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has commissioned a 2MWp Solar Carport Project at its headquarters and at the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment building.

DEWA has announced its 2MWp solar carport project is operational.

The solar system is distributed, located at two sites, at the utility’s headquarters and at the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) building.

This solar plant covers 885 parking spaces, uses 6,700 locally manufactured solar modules and produces energy equivalent to reducing about 1,500 tons of carbon emissions annually.

The development of the solar carport started last year as part of the Shams Dubai initiative.

The aim is to increase reliance on clean energy, support the Smart Dubai initiative and achieve the vision to become a sustainable innovative world-class utility.

The project will help DEWA contribute to Dubai achieving the following goals:

  • Becoming the smartest and happiest city in the world
  • A global hub for clean energy and green economy by providing 7% of total energy from clean sources by 2020, 25% by 2030 and 75% by 2050, goals set under the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050
  • Helping Dubai government reduce energy consumption in facilities by 20% by 2020, in line with UAE Vision 2021 and Dubai Plan 2021 initiatives, as well as targets set by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO of DEWA, said:  “the Shams Dubai initiative, launched by DEWA in 2015 has been very successful. The initiative encourages homeowners to install photovoltaic solar systems on the rooftops of their buildings and connect them to DEWA’s network.

"Through Shams Dubai, a total of 1,145 buildings have been connected to DEWA’s network, with a total capacity of 49.9MW and additional requests of more than 323.83MW in capacity. DEWA is also working to increase this number to reach all buildings in Dubai by 2030.”