ABB’s new 315 kilowatt (kW) solar power plant, one of the largest of its kind in the region, was inaugurated at the hands of Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA).

The plant is located in the ABB offices at the Al Quoz industrial area and will produce electricity using solar energy.

The energy produced at the plant will supply ABB offices with electricity and transfer surplus energy into DEWA’s network.

This supports the Shams Dubai initiative, which was launched by DEWA and allows customers to install photovoltaic panels on their rooftops to generate electricity from solar power, and connect the systems to DEWA’s grid, creating, producing, and using energy.

Al Tayer said: “I am pleased to inaugurate the ABB 315kW solar project, as part of Shams Dubai initiative, and I congratulate ABB on this important achievement.

“Shams Dubai supports the Smart Dubai initiative, and aims to transform Dubai into the smartest and happiest city. And as of mid-January 2017, DEWA has connected a total of 302 photovoltaic systems on building rooftops.

“To date, 52 consultancy and contracting companies have been registered, in addition to 311 engineers that have been certified as enrolled electrical and solar photovoltaic consultants and contractors.

“DEWA has officially registered 70 manufacturers of solar photovoltaic equipment, and we launched the largest solar installation project in the region, on the DP World buildings’ rooftops of Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA) and Port Rashid with a capacity of 22MW. The first phase of the project will be completed in 2017.”