Etihad Esco installs over 7,000 solar PV panels in Hatta

14 February 2019

Etihad Esco, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa), said the project is aimed at generating 3,612,357-kilowatt hour (KWh) of energy annually out of 554 newly retrofitted villas.

The project is part of the Shams Dubai initiative, which encourages building owners to install solar panels on their rooftops to generate electricity from solar power and link it to Dewa’s grid to allow transfer of surplus generation.

The average peak power of the solar PV system installed (kWp) on each villa is 4.5KWp, with the total solar PV system installed for all villas amounting to 2,493KWp.

Once the project gets completed, each villa will generate 6,520 KWh of power every year, which will result in the production of 3,612,357 KWh power in total, said a statement from Etihad Esco.

In addition, an annual reduction in CO2 emissions by 2,159 tons, will be a remarkable achievement of the project, which enjoys the support and sponsorship of Dewa, it added.

Etihad Esco said as part of the project, the maintenance services would also be provided by the company for a period of one years from completion.

CEO Ali Al Jassim said: "We are glad to have accomplished our goal of time-bound completion of the Hatta solar retrofit project. The initiative supports the Hatta Comprehensive Development Plan, which was launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, with an aim to transform Dubai into one of the most sustainable cities in the world."

"We are confident that the project will lead to an annual reduction in CO2 emissions by 2,159 tons and will further contribute towards achieving 30 per cent reduction in energy demand by 2030, taking us one step closer towards our sustainability goals," he stated.

Etihad Esco has set an ambitious target to retrofit 30,000 buildings by 2030 and to implement Dh500 million worth of projects besides expanding operations beyond building retrofits into industrial retrofits and solar projects, said Al Jassim.

"This will play a significant role in positioning Dubai at the forefront of sustainability efforts globally," he added.