DEWA, Ajman Municipality sign MoU

DUBAI, Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the Ajman Municipality and Planning Department, accompanied by Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al-Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, and officials from the Ajman Municipality and Planning Department, has visited the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

They were welcomed by Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA. The solar park is the largest single-site solar project in the world. It will generate 5,000 megawatts, MW, by 2030.

The delegation from the Ajman Municipality and Planning Department included Khalid Moeen Al Hosani, Deputy Director-General, and several senior officials.

The meeting was attended by Waleed Salman, Executive Vice President of Business Development and Excellence at DEWA, Khawla Al Mehairi, Executive Vice President of Strategy and Government Communications at DEWA, Ishaq Al Hammadi, Executive Managing Director of Shuaa 1, and a number of DEWA officials.

Al Tayer welcomed Sheikh Rashid, Dr. Al Zeyoudi, and the guests, highlighting the importance of the visit and DEWA’s intention to enhance joint co-operation with the Ajman Municipality and Planning Department and all the local and federal government bodies and organisations in the UAE.

“Our visit to the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park comes today as part of the Ajman Municipality’s commitment to learning about the best practices and successful experiences of one of the largest and most distinguished service organisations in the world. DEWA is a leading example of excellence in government work and service provisions according to the highest international standards.

“We are keen to share experiences and learn about DEWA’s efforts in sustainability and achieving comprehensive sustainable development, through ambitious projects and initiatives. These projects have shaped the energy sector in the region and established Dubai and the UAE’s position in the transition towards a green economy and using clean energy. This supports the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

“The Ajman Municipality and Planning Department keeps pace with the rapid developments that Ajman has achieved in a short period of time, whether in infrastructure or major projects in vital sectors such as roads, energy, urban planning and so on. These projects were implemented according to international standards, under the directives of H.H Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ajman, and the follow up of the H.H. Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of Ajman and the Chairman of the Executive Council of Ajman,” Sheikh Rashid added.

Sheikh Rashid, Dr. Al Zeyoudi and Al Tayer witnessed the signing of an MoU by Salman and Al Hosani to enhance co-operation between the two sides to exchange knowledge and expertise in sustainability, innovation, access to best practices and initiatives to preserve the environment and achieve the sustainable development goals as well as for the development of smart infrastructure, including the Shams Dubai initiative, the Smart Applications through the smart meters and grids initiative, and the Green Charger initiative.

The MoU also includes the exchange of visits and access to best practices on the environment and smart services and preparing of sustainability reports, co-operation in education, awareness on electricity and water conservation, and mechanisms to calculate and achieve environmental KPIs that support sustainability and production of clean and renewable energy.

The visit also included visiting the 200MW photovoltaic second phase of the solar park, which His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid inaugurated in March 2017. The second phase was implemented by DEWA in partnership with the consortium led by ACWA Power from Saudi Arabia, the main developer, and Spain’s TSK, the main contractor, with an investment of AED 1.2 billion. The phase will generate clean energy for 50,000 residences in Dubai and will reduce 214,000 tonnes of carbon emissions a year. This phase installed 2.3 million photovoltaic solar panels over 4.5 square kilometres.

Source: Emirates News Agency