Dubai: Desalination plant fitted with solar panels

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has announced that its Jebel Ali power plant is producing 1.5 megawatts of power, which is enough to power about a quarter of a million homes, according to the US-based Solar Energy Industry Association. DEWA installed 5,240 photovoltaic panels on the roof of the water reservoir at M-Station, a power production and desalination plant with a total capacity of more than 2,000MW of electricity, becoming one of the region’s largest, single rooftop arrays. The solar rooftops are part of Shams Dubai, a three-pronged initiative to help the emirate reach its goal of 25 percent reliance on solar energy by 2030.