DEWA’s new roof-top solar project will use unmanned aerial vehicles

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has successfully connected the 1.5 megawatt direct current photovoltaic generation project at Jebel Ali Power Station (JAPS) to the grid

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Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has successfully connected the 1.5 megawatt direct current photovoltaic generation project at Jebel Ali Power Station (JAPS) to the grid

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA, said the utility has installed 5,240 photovoltaic panels on the roof of the water reservoir at M-Station, which is the newest and largest power production and desalination plant in the UAE.

The modules will produce 1.5MW by converting solar energy into electricity or 2,666 MW/h of clean electricity annually. DEWA said it has started using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to check on the photovoltaic panels on the roof of the water reservoir.

This is one of the largest single-rooftop solar projects in the Middle East and North Africa. It supports the Shams Dubai initiative which 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. It lowers the country’s carbon footprint.

The Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 aims to diversify Dubai’s energy mix to include 25% from solar energy, 7% from clean coal, 7% from nuclear power, and 61% from natural gas by 2030. The mix will gradually increase the employment of clean energy sources to 75% by 2050.