The door has opened to cash-saving and environmentally friendly solar panels on the roofs of residential buildings in Dubai.
Residents and landlords who install the panels will not only cut greenhouse gas emissions and save money on their fuel bills, but they will also be able to feed any excess power back into the emirate’s electricity grid.
Eleven applications by companies and individuals for solar rooftops with a total capacity of 8.5 megawatts have already been filed through the Shams Dubai Smart Initiative.
Should all projects be successfully installed, the reductions in harmful greenhouse gases every year would be equivalent to the removal of more than 1,000 cars from the road.
Last week, a 30-kilowatt solar array at the Dubai World Central – Al Maktoum International Airport became the first installation to be connected to the grid under the scheme.
Among the 11 projects to be connected is a solar system with a capacity of around 2MW at Dubai International Humanitarian City. The projects will rely on solar photovoltaic technology, capturing sunlight and turning it into power.