UNFCCC approves DEWA’s solar activities programme for the UAE

H.E Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer MDCEO DEWAThe UAE Solar Programme of Activities (PoA) initiated by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has been approved by the executive board of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

The PoA was initiated by DEWA in collaboration with Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence to promote the development of solar power in the UAE. The initiative aims to make it easier to register projects under the clean development mechanism (CDM).

The CDM Executive Board has approved the request for registration, and the PoA will be registered as a CDM PoA after taking into consideration comments and suggestions received through public consultations up to 5 July 2016. With this accreditation, any solar energy project in the UAE can register to be a part of this programme.

Dubai’s target is to produce seven per cent of the emirate’s total power output from solar power by 2020. Dubai is on track to produce this, with the first three phases of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which will generate 1,000MW by 2020 using photovoltaic technologies. The park will eventually generate 5,000MW by 2030, which will make up 25 per cent of Dubai’s total power output.

DEWA managing director and CEO Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer said, “We are pleased to have the support of the UN to implement the ambitions of Dubai as a whole. The PoA is our commitment to Shams Dubai and the UAE to pursue a brighter future for generations to come.” He also pointed out that DEWA contributes to the emirate’s sustainability by implementing large-scale energy projects, developing renewable and alternative energy sources, and enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of energy and water networks.

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