Sunday 21, February 2016

Dubai – MENA Herald: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has organised the fifth training course for contractors and consultants who specialise in installing solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Trainees learned about the technical requirements, safety standards, and DEWA’s guidelines for installing PV panels on rooftops to generate electricity and connect it to DEWA’s grid. The training is part of DEWA’s efforts to ensure PV systems are designed and installed according to the highest international quality standards. This is part of the Shams Dubai initiative, which enables customers to install photovoltaic panels on building rooftops and connect them to DEWA’s grid.
To date, a total of 143 engineers have been certified as enrolled electrical and solar PV consultants and contractors. DEWA’s training course includes academic and practical training, covering all technical aspects of installing PV panels, as well as safety procedures.
“DEWA is committed to the highest quality and safety standards across its internal operations and external activities. This supports our mission, which states that we are committed to the happiness of our stakeholders and promoting Dubai’s vision through the delivery of sustainable electricity and water services at a world-class level of reliability, efficiency, and safety, in an environment that nurtures innovation with a competent workforce and effective partnerships; supporting resources sustainability. This also supports our vision to become a sustainable innovative world class utility. We work closely with our partners to reach the best excellence and quality levels and contribute to achieving the Dubai Plan 2021 for the Government of Dubai to be pioneering, excellent, proactive, and creative in meeting the needs of individuals and society as a whole,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.
“DEWA is committed to making all staff and partners aware of the latest standards in performance and ensuring the highest levels of security and safety. That’s why we offer this training programme to register specialised consultants and contractors to install PV panels in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. We also urge manufacturers of solar power equipment and tools to register their products with us so that we can approve them for installation. This will then result in solar systems being installed according to the highest standards, as part of DEWA’s Shams Dubai initiative, which supports the Smart Dubai initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai the smartest city in the world,” added Al Tayer.
DEWA is encouraging building owners to take advantage of the Shams Dubai initiative and locally generate clean energy which helps to reduce their electricity bills, increase their property value, protect the environment, support Dubai’s economy, and guarantee a sustainable future for the Emirate. DEWA has outlined easy steps to install PV systems in buildings to generate solar power. The installation process starts with the customer contacting one of the consultants or contractors accredited by DEWA to suggest the best solution and obtain the necessary approvals from DEWA. After completing installation, they will submit a notification to DEWA to conduct the technical inspection of the site and install the meter to complete the connection process.
To register for training courses, contractors and consultants should nominate their employees and register on their behalf on the website that has information about the training courses, and registration requirements. It also publishes a list of consultants and contractors registered to install PV panels.