DEWA opens 1.5 MW roof-top arrays at JAPS


Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), inaugurated one of the largest single-rooftop arrays in the Middle East and North Africa, a 1.5 megawatt direct current (MWdc) photovoltaic generation project at Jebel Ali Power Station (JAPS), and successfully connected it to DEWA’s grid.
This supports the Shams Dubai initiative, which is inline with the Smart Dubai initiative, launched by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to transform Dubai into the smartest city in the world.
This will engage the community in the production of electricity from solar energy, preserve the environment and lower the country’s carbon footprint, while also encouraging the development of a green economy to achieve sustainable development. Shams Dubai allows customers to install photovoltaic panels on their rooftops to generate electricity from solar power. The electricity is used onsite and the surplus is exported to DEWA’s network. The inauguration was attended by Nasser Lootah, Executive Vice President of Generation at DEWA, Mansoor Al Suwaidi, Vice President for Generation Projects at DEWA, and other members of staff.
DEWA installed 5,240 photovoltaic panels on the 23,000 square-meters of the roof of the water reservoir at M-Station, which is the newest and largest power production and desalination plant in the UAE.

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