How to connect home to Dubai's solar grid

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has urged home and building owners to take advantage of its Shams Dubai smart initiative to install photovoltaic (PV) panels on rooftops to produce solar energy and connect it to Dewa’s grid.

The initiative supports Dewa’s strategy to diversify Dubai’s energy mix and its efforts to promote the use of renewable energy.

Solar power up

Dewa has confirmed that installing the solar energy system on the rooftops of houses and buildings is easy.

The customer can contact one of the consultants or contractors accredited by Dewa to study the feasibility of installing the solar power system and suggest the best solution.

The consultant or contractor will then obtain the necessary approvals from Dewa.

These include an NOC for installing solar energy system and connecting it to the power network, and approvals for the solar system design that meets all the requirements.

After obtaining the necessary approvals, the consultant or contractor can undertake on-site work.

After completing installation, they will submit a notification to Dewa to conduct the technical inspection of the site and install the meter to complete the connection process.

The electricity produced can be used in the premises and the surplus will be exported to Dewa’s grid.

An offset between exported and imported electricity units is conducted and the customer account is settled based on this offset.

16 applications

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO of Dewa, has noted that Dewa has so far received 16 applications to set up solar power panels on the rooftops of homes and buildings, with a total capacity of 8.5MW.

He called upon building owners to take advantage of Shams Dubai, which implements Council Resolution Number 46 of 2014 to regulate connecting electricity generated from solar power in buildings to Dewa’s grid.

He added, "Dewa has launched three smart initiatives to support the Smart Dubai initiative.

“These initiatives are Shams Dubai, which encourages households and building owners to install PV solar panels to generate electricity, Smart Applications and Meters, and the Green Charger to establish the infrastructure to build electric vehicle charging stations.

The strategic objectives of these initiatives support the Dubai Plan 2021 and the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, to support the development and establishment of sustainable energy projects in Dubai."

Manufacturers of solar power equipment

Dewa has called upon manufacturers of solar power equipment and tools to register their products as eligible for Dewa so that customers have a reference to start installing the solar systems as soon as possible according to the highest design qualification standards.

The eligibility criteria are described in the Standards for Distributed Renewable Resources Generators Connected to the Distribution Network, which set out the requirements for solar photovoltaic modules, inverters, and interface protection systems, among other tools. Dewa will continuously review and update the standards to keep requirements updated on the latest available standards.

Dewa announced the first project under Shams Dubai initiative, in collaboration with Dubai Airports, to supply Dubai World Central Al Maktoum International Airport in Jebel Ali with solar energy.

The first step in implementing the initiative was installing photovoltaic panels to produce 30kW of electricity there.

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