The project will be developed on the premises of the Swiss power firm and will connect to DEWA’s grid via a low-voltage distribution board.

The project supports the Smart Dubai initiative and is part of DEWA’s efforts to connect energy generated from solar power to its grid.

DEWA is planning to use the project as a learning tool for solar PV rooftop installations in Dubai.

DEWA MD & CEO HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer said: "We are pleased to collaborate with ABB in this project, which will help in developing renewable-energy resources, and support DEWA’s vision to become a sustainable world-class utility.

"It also demonstrates how government and private organisations can work together to enhance Dubai’s sustainable development, and establish its position as a global hub for trade, finance, tourism, and green economy."

ABB chief executive officer in the UAE Carlos Poñe said: "We look forward to working together with DEWA to help to develop the solar industry in the Emirate and for our installation to also be a showcase in the region, proving the benefits of renewable technologies and how they can be integrated seamlessly into the existing electrical grid."

Dubai is planning to generate about 5% of its energy from renewable sources by 2030.

Image: DEWA signs MoU with ABB to develop a solar power project. Photo: Courtesy of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority.