‘Solar challenging but worth the investment’
Investing in solar panels for your household is a challenge but it comes with significant energy savings, the CEO of Dubai Carbon has said. Ivano Iannelli was speaking at the energy conference WETEX yesterday. He was the first resident in Dubai to have his solar-equipped villa connected to DEWA’s power grid. A resident generating energy for the DEWA grid using solar receives discounts on their own bills. Iannelli said after the initial cost of Dhs20,000, he now saves up to 50 per cent on his monthly bills. But he did say that the initial process can be challenging. He said one of the main challenges was getting the designs of the solar panels on his roof approved so they didn’t ruin the aesthetic of his Arabian Ranches cluster. He said: “The master developer will not allow or authorise a solar roof-top which ruins the aesthetics, so essentially what they’re asking is not to do a cheap job but do something in line with the villa. “So in my specific case, I had to emulate the overall look of the villa so my neighbours wouldn’t complain, because obviously they are high-value properties.” But Iannelli said his 45 roof-top solar panels have cut his bills significantly. He said the whole connection took between four and six weeks. Last week, DEWA’s Shams Dubai project trained and enrolled 195 solar professionals and 44 consultancies, which will be able to install panels on residents’ homes.