D33 Industry Friendly Power Policy - DEWA Solar Community

D33 Industry Friendly Power Policy

Building on Dubai Economic Agenda D33 which aims to propel Dubai’s economic growth and solidify its position among the top global cities, Dubai has announced a major initiative providing an Industry Friendly Power policy for the Manufacturing, Data Centre and Agri-Tech sectors that will support and accelerate the emirate’s sustainability ambitions.

By adopting this policy which is rolled out from 1 January 2024, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority PJSC (DEWA) is actively supporting the Government’s drive to promote the green economy and encourage the qualifying sectors.

The initiative enables eligible D33 companies, in particular manufacturers, data centers and Agri-tech players to deploy captive solar PV generation capacity up to their total required load (maximum demand). Thus, it empowers them to meet their own demand while slashing the power costs they would normally incur and thereby achieve a cleaner energy mix.

To explore more about D33 certification and eligibility, companies are encouraged to refer other sections/links in our website.

DEWA is offering pioneering programs and benefits to eligible Companies as follows:

- D33 Solar PV initiative is a new distributed renewable resources generation (DRRG) program that goes beyond existing Shams Dubai initiative.

- Reduction in New Connection Charges and an interest-free payment facility.

- Priority for I-RECs Purchases.

His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD&CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority PJSC (DEWA) said: “This initiative aligns with the vision and directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to encourage the green economy and maintain a sustainable environment to support long-term economic growth.”

“The initiative will increase Dubai’s attractiveness for manufacturing investments as it allows industry players to reduce cost of doing business and achieve their clean energy targets. On the other hand, it will help Dubai to accelerate its decarbonisation journey and achieve net zero targets, while reducing dependency on natural gas.”

The policy announcement coincided with the UAE’s historic hosting of the global climate summit COP28 at Expo City Dubai from 30 November to 12 December 2023, offering increased opportunity for industry for solar power generation and environmentally responsible manufacturing. This is a critical step that reinforces sustainability and drives Dubai’s decarbonisation efforts in the manufacturing sector and is aligned with the UAE’s Net Zero by 2050 strategy.

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