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United Arab Emirates : Etihad ESCO awards tender for residential photovoltaic arrays in Hatta
Publish Date : 19-May-2017

Etihad Energy Services Company (Etihad ESCO), a company launched by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), has awarded the tender for the development, engineering, procurement, construction, operation services, maintenance, and installation of solar photovoltaic systems, at 640 villas for UAE Nationals in Hatta. This supports the Hatta Comprehensive Development Plan, launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The project is part of the Shams Dubai initiative, which encourages building owners to install solar panels on their rooftops to generate electricity from solar power, and link it to DEWAs network. Etihad ESCO has awarded the tender to three companies: Alsa Solar, Al Mustajed General Contracting, and the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence.

The project will contribute to reducing energy consumption cost for the inhabitants of the Hatta villas. Etihad ESCO issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) in January, and received a number of offers from major consulting firms, to design and install solar panels on the rooftops of residential buildings. Etihad ESCO received proposals from 26 specialised companies, 11 of which were shortlisted and the final three were chosen from five companies that were selected to compete against each other.

Etihad ESCO designs the panels and installs them on the roofs of villas and government buildings. The photovoltaic installation project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2018.

In adherence with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and the Hatta Comprehensive Development Plan, we are working to meet all social, economic, environmental and developmental needs. We aim to transform Dubai into a global hub for clean energy and green economy, ensure energy security and use energy efficiently, said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.

We are working to achieve the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, to provide 7% of Dubai's total power output from clean energy by 2020, 25% by 2030 and 75% by 2050, in addition to the Dubai Side Management Strategy 2030 to reduce electricity and water demand by 30% by 2030. This will be achieved through nine programmes: green building specifications, building rehabilitation, central cooling, re-use of wastewater, high-efficiency irrigation systems, energy and equipment efficiency, increasing the efficiency of street-lighting systems, demand response and Shams Dubai. DEWA supports the Shams Dubai initiative to install photovoltaic panels on the rooftops of buildings to produce electricity from solar power, added Al Tayer.

DEWA launched Etihad ESCO to provide investment opportunities to companies who specialise in energy efficiency, in addition to financial institutions, and green technology and equipment suppliers. We are currently retrofitting over 30,000 buildings in the Emirate in the first phase of the project, to ensure energy efficiency and manage energy demand. The project is worth a total current investment of AED 30 billion. We expect to achieve financial savings of AED 82 billion, with expected savings of AED 52 billion, continued Al Tayer.

DEWA is establishing a hydroelectric power plant in the mountains near Hatta Dam, in addition to other development projects that will be completed within 5 years. The project is the first of its kind in the GCC, with a total capacity of 250 megawatts (MW). DEWAs Smart Grid initiative will oversee the installation of smart meters at buildings in Hatta, according the highest international standards. DEWA will also establish the infrastructure for electric vehicle charging stations through the Green Charger initiative, concluded Al Tayer.

This project is the largest of its kind in the region and has placed Dubai at the forefront of the international community for energy efficiency. Etihad Solar will implement the project as part of the Shams Dubai initiative, which will install solar panels on the roofs of the buildings in Hatta, in addition to providing maintenance services for a whole year.

Etihad ESCO aims to enhance the energy services sector by increasing capacities and encouraging further cooperation between the public and private sectors, while providing new opportunities for investment, joint ventures, and global partnerships, said Ali Al Jassim, CEO of Etihad ESCO.

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