After their tryst with blatantly ambitiously sustainable projects,such as the Masdar City and Al-Raha green city, Dubai officials are nowlooking forth to scale down their focus on more public-orientedservices. The general maintenance department of Dubai has envisioned aconscientious plan of installing solar powered toilets all over thegrand city. According to them, it will have a two pronged beneficialeffect of firstly increasing environmental awareness and, secondly, save the tax payer’s money on utilities in the long run.
The preliminary step of the grand plan calls for installation ofsolar powered roofing systems in selected experimental projects, likenear the Clock Tower roundabout in Deira. The resultant solar powergenerated will be used to run toilet appliances, such as fluorescentlights, exhaust fans and small water pumps. The overall system will cost up to an estimated Dh80,000, but the enhanced efficiency of ‘clean andgreen’ solar power can prove to be cost effective in the long run. Theofficials already estimate the return of investment by the end of twoyears.
Moreover, the initiative has been primarily envisaged as a pilotproject in itself. It will have the potential to influence collectiveintroduction of green measures in other public proposals and emiratemunicipalities. According to Juma Khalifa Al Fuqae, director of generalmaintenance department, the extended use of solar powered mechanismswill be used in various capacities, starting from swimming pools to even abattoirs. So, the holistic approach of introducing low emissiontechnology in the expansive field of public utilities can onlycontribute to a cleaner, better and sustainable future for tomorrow.