November 20 (Renewables Now) - The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has hired Etihad Energy Services Co LLC (Etihad Esco) to install solar panels at water reservoirs throughout the emirate.
As part of the contract, Etihad Esco will develop, design and install the photovoltaic (PV) systems under a plan that could lead to the addition of up to 60 MWp of solar power capacity. The initiative is to lower Dubai’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emission levels and lift the share of solar in its total power mix, Etihad Esco said, as cited by local media.
The Dubai utility’s move to install solar plants at its water reservoirs is part of a plan to make Dubai one of the most sustainable cities globally. Under the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, the emirate aims to achieve a renewables share of 7% by 2020, 25% by 2030 and 75% by 2050. It also seeks to have the lowest carbon footprint in the world by 2050.