UAE : Achieving zero energy buildings through solar power

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Following the EmiratesGBC’s Focus Day at Dewa’s Sustainable Building in Al Quoz, the UAE aims to meet its sustainability goals by achieving net zero energy buildings through solar energy investment projects.

Under the theme ‘Powering Innovation: Green Buildings and Energy Management’, the Focus Day discussed the various initiatives undertaken by the UAE and Dubai that are in line with the vision for a ‘Green Economy for Sustainable Development’ launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

According to Saeed Al Alabbar, the chairman of EmiratesGBC,  more businesses are looking at solar investments due to UAE’s regulatory environment, helping to achieve the renewable energy goals set by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy. He added that the private sector plays a significant role in driving solar energy projects. The increase awareness regarding their long-term value will help overcome barriers in financing energy efficiency retrofits, which in turn can accelerate the sustainable development initiatives.

At the Focus Day, the panelists pointed out that the ‘green vision’ of Dubai is set upon Shams Dubai initiative that promote people to install solar panels on rooftops of buildings to generate electricity, but also sending the surplus to Dewa’s grid through net-metering.

Aimed at driving innovation in the solar PV industry, Al Alabbar added that Shams Dubai functions as a policy mechanism which facilitates the market in the adoption of renewable solar technology.

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