20 December 2016
• First hydroelectric power station in the GCC to be built in Hatta, with planned capacity of 250MW
• 640 villas to benefit from photovoltaic solar systems to produce electricity
• Electric vehicle charging stations to promote using environmentally-friendly vehicles
• Projects will create hundreds of jobs for Hatta residents
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has revealed details of its projects and initiatives to support the Hatta Comprehensive Development Plan, which was launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. DEWA’s projects include the first hydroelectric power station in the GCC. The power station will be completed within five years and will produce 250MW. Other projects include installing photovoltaic panels on rooftops to produce electricity from solar power and installing smart meters in buildings. These other projects will be completed by the end of 2018. DEWA will also install electric vehicle charging stations in Hatta.
“We are inspired in all our development projects by the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to support and promote skilled Emiratis and involve young people in the development process. In all our initiatives, we consider sustainable development in its economic, environmental, and social aspects, while using natural resources sensibly to protect them for generations to come,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.
“DEWA’s initiatives in the Hatta Comprehensive Development Plan, involve the region’s citizens in our projects, and provide leading and innovative job opportunities. The projects will create 200 permanent technical, administrative and operational jobs in Hatta. Another 300 jobs are expected to be created by the Visitor Centre, and other outdoor activities and tourist facilities associated with the project. Over 2,000 jobs will be available during the implementation phase. The hydroelectric power station, which is the first-of-its-kind in the region, will increase the share of clean-energy use, support the sustainable development of Hatta, and enhance its position as one of the most prominent tourist attractions in the Emirate. This supports the Dubai Plan 2021 to make Dubai the preferred place to live, work, and visit,” added Al Tayer.
The hydroelectric power station will generate electricity by making use of the existing water stored in the Hatta Dam, which can store up to 1,716 million gallons, and an upper reservoir that will be built in the mountain to store up to 880 million gallons. The upper reservoir will be 300 metres above the dam level. During off-peak hours, turbines that use clean and cheap solar energy will pump water from the dam to the upper reservoir. During peak-load hours, when production cost is high, turbines operated by the speed of waterfall from the upper reservoir will generate electricity that will be connected to DEWA’s grid. The efficiency of power production will reach 90% with response to demand for energy within 90 seconds. The project will provide other services including irrigation, flood control, and storing fresh drinking water.
Quality initiatives to achieve sustainable development and protect the environment
In addition to the hydroelectric power station, DEWA is contributing to the sustainable development of Hatta through its Shams Dubai initiative, which encourages building owners to install photovoltaic panels to produce electricity from solar power and connect them to its electricity grid. Etihad Energy Services (Etihad ESCO), one of DEWA’s companies, will design and install photovoltaic panels for a total of 640 villas belonging to Emiratis in Hatta. Etihad ESCO is currently studying the project in terms of its phases, charts, and number of villas that solar panels will be installed on. The project will be completed by end of 2018.
DEWA is encouraging the use of electric vehicles in Hatta through its Green Charger initiative to install electric-vehicle charging stations to motivate the use of the environmentally-friendly electric vehicles. Currently, there is a charging station at DEWA’s Customer Happiness Centre in Hatta. DEWA is working on installing other Green Chargers in the region.
DEWA is also working to install smart meters in the buildings in Hatta according to the latest international systems through its Smart Application through Smart Meters and Grids initiative. Smart meters provide advanced features through smart applications. They enable customers to monitor and control their use, connection speed, and other innovative features that promote a smart and green lifestyle. The project will also be completed by end of 2018.
Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050
DEWA is working to implement the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, which was launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The strategy aims to provide 7% of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy by 2020, 25% by 2030, and 75% by 2050. One of DEWA’s key projects to achieve the strategy is the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which is the largest single-site solar park in the world, with a planned capacity of 5,000 megawatts by 2030 and an expected investment of AED50 billion. When completed, the solar park will save 6.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.
The AED1.3 billion Hatta Comprehensive Development Plan aims to boost the area’s social and economic attractiveness as a world-class environmental tourist destination. It covers three key areas including economic and service sector, tourism and sports, and culture and education. A dedicated board will oversee the plan and co-ordinate with various government organisations. The board is comprised of people from Hatta as they are fully aware of its developmental requirements.