Rooftop solar panels to be fitted to 5,000 Emirati homes

Etihad Energy Services Company (Etihad ESCO) has announced plans to install photovoltaic solar panels on the roofs of 5,000 Emirati-owned homes in Dubai.

With all contractors on board, site surveys have been completed and material procurement, mock-ups and outreach activities are currently in progress, the company said in a statement.

The project will see Etihad ESCO install 65,000 PV panels, 295,000 LED lights and 50,000 water savers at Emirati villas.

It said the light and water retrofit is expected to generate energy and water savings upon completion, with the installation of solar PVs alone set to save 31,102,500 kWh energy.

It added that the initiative, scheduled to be completed by November, will lead to the reduction of CO2 emissions by 21,139 tons annually.

Ali Al Jassim, CEO, Etihad ESCO, said: “I am glad that the installation of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels over the roofs of Emirati homes in Dubai is progressing seamlessly. All contractors are on board and the first shipment of inverters has arrived.”

This edited article first appeared in Arabian Business.