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Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), inaugurated ABB’s new 315 kW solar power plant, one of the largest of its kind in the region, in Dubai
The plant is located in the ABB offices at the Al Quoz industrial area and will produce electricity using solar energy.
The inauguration was attended by Frank Duggan, president of Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA), and member of the Group Executive Committee; Gianandrea Bruzzone, electrification division manager for Middle East and Africa at ABB; Waleed Salman, executive vice-president, strategy & business development at DEWA, Yousef Al Akraf, executive vice-president, business support & HR at DEWA, besides other staff from ABB and DEWA.
The energy produced at the plant will supply ABB offices with electricity and transfer surplus energy into DEWA’s network. This supports the Shams Dubai initiative, which was launched by DEWA and allows customers to install photovoltaic panels on their rooftops to generate electricity from solar power, and connect the systems to DEWA’s grid, creating, producing and using energy.
“I am pleased to inaugurate the 315 kW solar project, as part of Shams Dubai initiative, and congratulate ABB on this important achievement which reflects our joint efforts to achieve the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to diversify energy resources. The UAE now leads global efforts in clean and renewable energy. DEWA is carrying out the objectives of UAE Energy Strategy for 2050 launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to increase the share of clean energy in the total energy mix to 50 per cent by 2050. The energy mix will include 44 per cent from clean energy, 38 per cent from gas, 12 per cent from clean coal and six per cent from nuclear power by 2050. We contribute to the objectives of Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to provide seven per cent of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy by 2020, 25 per cent by 2030, and 75 per cent by 2050,” said Al Tayer.
“ABB is excited to inaugurate a solar rooftop at our own facility in Al Quoz, Dubai. We look forward to working together with DEWA to help develop the solar industry in the emirate and for our installation to be a showcase in the region, proving the benefits of renewable technologies and their seamless integration into the existing electrical grid. We also share DEWA’s vision that Dubai will be a world-class smart city and we firmly believe for this to happen, it also needs to be energy efficient,” added Duggan.