Shams Dubai program and DEWA’s initiatives to increase solar power in Dubai

The Shams Dubai initiative, launched by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), encourages households and building owners to install PV panels to generate electricity, and connect them to DEWA’s grid. The electricity is used on site and the surplus is exported to DEWA’s network to be deducted from future energy bills.

According to the UAE Energy Plan 2050, the country’s first energy strategy, the entire UAE has set a goal of 44 percent renewable energy in 2050, mainly from solar, and Shams Dubai program is very important to achieve this target.

Since its launch in early 2015, the Shams Dubai smart initiative has joined a growing adoption and its success is confirmed by the over 1,000 residential, commercial and industrial buildings constructed under the net metering scheme, for a total capacity of around 43.7 MW.

DEWA is making a lot of efforts to promote Dubai’s sustainable and comprehensive development, and support national efforts to increase reliance on clean energy, protect the environment and  natural resources sustainably, and support further transformation towards a green economy.

DEWA has also made available lots of information about Shams Dubai, including the Shams Dubai Calculator, in the smart initiatives section of DEWA’s website. It includes all the conditions and requirements for Shams Dubai, as well as lists of enrolled consultants and contractors, and eligible equipment.

The installation process starts with the customer contacting one of the solar consultants or contractors accredited by DEWA to study the possibility of installing the solar power system and suggesting the best solution. The contractor then obtains the necessary approvals from DEWA. These include a NOC for installing solar power and connecting it to the power network, and approval that its design meets all requirements. After obtaining the necessary approvals, site works are undertaken.

To date, DEWA has certified over 446 solar photovoltaic experts, and a total of 96 companies are currently enrolled with DEWA for Shams Dubai: 85 contractors and 11 consultants. The equipment eligibility scheme has attracted interest from 100 manufacturers who have registered so far, and 800 pieces of equipment have been made eligible for use by Shams Dubai, such as panels, inverters, and interface protections.

This is part of DEWA’s commitment to ensuring that the design and installation of solar PV (photo-voltaic) panels in buildings is done according to the highest levels of quality and international best practices.

Enerray is present in UAE through its local company Enerray Gulf Solar Energy Systems, located in Dubai. Thanks to a qualified local team, the company can offer all services, italian quality with attention to design and know how that Enerray brings all over the world.


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