Saturday, February 27, 2021

Dubai launches app that empowers residents to design and install solar panels on buildings

The gulf’s oil fueled economies, including Saudi Arabia and the Emirates, have clearly stepped on the gas to diversify towards clean energy by cutting carbon emissions. For Dubai, becoming sustainable depends heavily on generating a steady power supply for residents, public services and industries, entirely from renewable sources.

Although Dubai is close to finishing work on the world’s largest solar power park, its electricity and water authority is encouraging residents to install photo voltaic solar cells on their properties for personal power supply. With the sun’s energy all set to light up the city’s digital infra, an online app has been launched to assist building owners for zeroing in on designs, that are compatible with norms of the power and water authority.

The platform called ‘Hab Reeh’ opens doors for residents to explore approved design options, and also provides a list of 150 solar panel manufacturers for securing top quality equipment. This way home-owners can quickly finish installing solar panels and quickly get the nod to connect them with DEWA’s grid, since the design is already in line with local norms.

In addition to building owners, authorities are also working on empowering property developers by training engineers and technicians. This way engineers in the city will already be equipped with the tech tool when firms approach them with contracts.

The outreach comes after Dubai’s Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has already integrated 6600 solar projects into its power grid in 2020. On the other hand, the city’s MBR Solar park is lighting up over 240,000 Emirati homes, an entire decade before its date of completion.

Dubai managed to reduce its carbon emissions by 22% in 2019 and wants to cut them down by 16% this year, with ambitions of fulfilling 75% of its energy needs through green power by 2050. The Emirates also became the first to make aluminium through a process that was powered completely by solar energy.

With the emerging smart city banking on solar power, neighbouring Abu Dhabi is developing hydrogen fuels for domestic use as well as exports, despite having one of the world’s largest oil reserves.

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