The Middle East branch of Italian energy services company CESI has secured a contract with Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) for consultancy on its smart grid and renewable energy initiatives.

The contract is linked to three projects that will contribute to Dubai’s smart city vision – plans to allow homeowners to put PV panels on their roofs and feed energy into the grid, along with a strategy to roll out smart meters and charging stations for electric cars, DEWA said in a statement.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA, explained that the utility would encourage households and building owners to install photovoltaic solar panels.

Mr Al Tayer said: “DEWA will connect these panels to the grid and buy any excess generated, encouraging the use of renewable energy and increasing its share in the energy mix.

The second initiative will see smart grids and smart applications being used to speed up connections and ensure faster response through immediate reconnection.

Thirdly, DEWA will build and install charging stations for electric vehicles.

Al Tayer added: “This initiative puts Dubai as the first in the region and promotes the Emirates’ role in energy sustainability.”

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