MD & CEO of DEWA reviews Innovation Centre at Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park
HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), has visited DEWA’s Innovation Centre, one of the innovative projects at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site project of its kind in the world, based on the IPP model. It will generate 1,000MW by 2020, and 5,000MW by 2030, with total investments of AED 50 billion.
Al Tayer was accompanied by Waleed Salman, Executive Vice President of Strategy & Business Development at DEWA, Hussain Lootah, Executive Vice President of Transmission Power at DEWA, Khawla Al Mehairi, Vice President of Marketing & Corporate Communications at DEWA, Moza Al Akraf, CIO of DEWA, Saeed Al Jallaf, Vice President of Transmission Projects and Permits, Jamal Shaheen Al Hammadi, Vice President of Special Projects at DEWA, and Khalifa Al Mehairi, Vice President of Distribution Maintenance at DEWA.
The Solar Innovation Centre has been designed with sustainability in mind to support the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. The landmark design celebrates the unique identity of the solar park, reinforcing a sense of green Dubai as a leading example of sustainable development, regionally and internationally.
The Innovation Centre features an interactive facility equipped with the latest clean and renewable energy technologies. The building will be a platform to show the latest solar and renewable energy technologies. It will enable DEWA to demonstrate its own achievements in renewable energy and sustainability, and highlight the green strategies incorporated in the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and the vision of a Future Dubai.
“The Innovation Centre will act as a museum and exhibition for solar and renewable energy. It will attract tourists, universities, schools, companies, and partners. It will be open to solar energy manufacturers and developers as it has a specialised place and permanent convention centre for events and conferences, business meetings, training and meetings on subjects related to solar and renewable energy and other green initiatives. The building is 4,000 square meters, and 90 metres high, it consists of 4 floors, and the ground floor, The Centre will be built by 2017,” said Al Tayer.
The Innovation Centre aims to enhance Emirati capabilities in energy, improve Dubai’s competitiveness, develop renewable energy technologies, and support its development in the region as a whole. It also spreads awareness on climate change, sustainable development, and informs people about solar energy through interactive shows and educational tours for visitors.