The sun delivers more power to the earth in one hour than the world’s population can use in an entire year.
Solar Power in Dubai has been a hot topic in the last few years, and with good reason. It’s a power source that’s sustainable, clean, and abundant— especially in Dubai, with 365 days of sunshine a year. Although the region still relies heavily on fossil fuels, there’s been a major shift in recent years.
By switching to Solar Power, you can help the environment and save thousands of dirhams each year.
Let’s first look at what sparked the move towards solar energy.
Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai tweeted last year,
”Our goal is for 75% of Dubai’s energy needs to be met by clean power by 2050, a goal we gladly embrace. Sustainable development is essential for the prosperity of our and future generations.”
In 2015, he unveiled the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy, to become the “city with the least carbon footprint in the world by 2050.” To reach this goal, The Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) created the Shams Dubai solar program. The program invites Dubai homeowners to install solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on their flat roof villas or businesses, generating their own electricity. The beauty is that there is no need for expensive batteries for power storage. You will be “on-grid,” connected directly to the main DEWA network.
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A major benefit of solar power is that increases the valuation of your property. If you want to sell or rent in future, solar power increases the value of the property, allowing you to make back your initial investment.
In the last ten years, solar technology has seen vast improvements. The cost of solar has decreased by over 60 per cent. This makes it a smart investment both economically and environmentally. Solar inverters convert DC electricity to AC. They have advanced considerably in recent years and are now the brains of many solar PV systems. Adding to that, now homeowners can monitor their solar system from their smartphones. They can view their system in real time and see when it needs cleaning for better power production.
Thinking of solar power Dubai
REDUCED DEWA BILLS
In the winter months, homeowner’s DEWA bills can be reduced to 0, and in summer months bills can be cut to 30-50 per cent. Another benefit to the panels, is they provide additional shade to the roof, and often the AC units. The air conditioner units work more efficiently further reducing consumption. As a part of the net metering scheme, any excess electricity that’s not used immediately will be credited by DEWA at the retail rate, reducing the electricity bill the following month.
Clients DEWA bill with solar savings
HELPING THE ENVIRONMENT
Fossil fuels = pollution. It’s a well-known fact we are all aware of. The primary sources of fossil fuel energy include coal, petroleum, and natural gas and they are wreaking havoc on the environment.
Solar energy is one of the most promising sources of renewable energy for the future. As an example, a homeowner of a 3-bedroom villa in Mudon, with a 10kw system, has reduced their CO2 by 39,000 kgs per year!
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HOW MUCH DOES IT COST
Like any home improvement, the cost depends on a number of factors such as;
- Useable roof space.
- The energy consumption of the family or business.
- How many panels one needs to
Systems can range from AED 30,000- 100,000. Factoring in the thousands of dirhams saved on DEWA, the breakeven point is an average of 6-7 years, and after that, your savings is all money in the bank.
Solar is a unique one-off- investment paying you back over time. Increases the value of your property, and safeguards you from rising energy costs for years to come.
OTHER COSTS TO CONSIDER WHEN GOING SOLAR
Cleaning cost: It’s no surprise, solar panels will get dusty. It’s recommended to spray down the panels every 15 days. You can monitor their production from your phone so you will know when they need a clean. Many homeowners have worked out a deal with the gardener to clean every 2 weeks or as needed.
Roof Accessibility: Many homes have built-in ladders to their roof. If you don’t have one, we recommend installing a ladder for easy accessibility. We can recommend one of our preferred contractors for ladder installation.