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Dubai to be an abode to ‘self-sufficient’ homes soon

There has been a global boom in the manufacture and usage of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels. The past decade has witnessed people and businesses exploiting solar energy and ways it can be used to reduce dependency on fossil fuels.

In fact, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has announced its cooperation with Stanford University. Under this cooperation, DEWA aims to conduct numerous research and development under the university’s Energy 3.0 programme.

Moreover, DEWA also launched the Shams Dubai initiative in 2015 which encourages building owners to install photovoltaic solar panels which connects them to DEWA’s grid. Along with it, Dubai is developing an integrated programme which will allow 10 per cent of its homes to be self-sufficient in terms of water, food and energy with the help of clean solar projects. Already 1, 328 buildings are connected to the grid with a total capacity of 102.1 MW till July.

In a statement, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, the Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and MD and CEO of DEWA said that the programme will help create a new economic sector for Dubai contributing to enhancing people’s happiness. This achievement will help change lifestyles and contribute to the preservation of the environment.

He also added that very soon with new inventions and innovations in the application of PV, chances are we might be able to capture solar energy through the window panes and convert solar energy into electricity.

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