ABB’s new solar power plant commences operations in Dubai

ABB’s new 315kW solar power plant was inaugurated by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) managing director and CEO HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer.

The new power plant is reported to be one of the largest of its kind in the region.

The solar power plant will be producing electricity using solar energy, which is located in the ABB offices at the Al Quoz industrial area.

Al Tayer said: “I am pleased to be here today to inaugurate the ABB 315kW solar project, as part of Shams Dubai initiative, and I congratulate ABB on this important achievement which reflects our joint efforts to achieve the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to diversify energy resources.

“The UAE now leads global efforts in clean and renewable energy. DEWA is carrying out the objectives of UAE Energy Strategy for 2050 launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to increase the share of clean energy in the total energy mix to 50% by 2050.

“The energy mix will include 44% from clean energy, 38% from gas, 12% from clean coal and 6% from nuclear power by 2050. We contribute to the objectives of 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.”

The energy produced from this power plant will used to power ABB offices with electricity and transfer surplus energy into DEWA’s network.

This plant supports the Shams Dubai initiative that was started by DEWA, which allows customers to install photovoltaic (PV) panels on their rooftops to generate electricity using solar power, and connects it to the systems to DEWA’s grid, creating, producing and using energy.

Image: DEWA MD and CEO inaugurates ABB’s new solar power plant. Photo: courtesy of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority.