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Dubai Car­bon is mak­ing a big push to­wards so­lar power gen­er­a­tion

Facilities Management Middle East - - CONTENTS -

Build­ing on its ma­jor retrofitting of so­lar pan­els in Hatta, green en­ergy plat­form Safaqat is ex­tend­ing its plans to ex­pand the UAE's en­ergy ca­pac­ity us­ing the re­new­able across more ar­eas of the coun­try.

In a state­ment, the crowd­funded plat­form for low car­bon green so­lu­tions said de­mand for the pan­els had come in par­tic­u­lar from Hatta and res­i­den­tial vil­las in Dubai, as it looks to ex­tend its 'Safaqat pro­gramme'.

The move comes off the back of its self-pro­claimed "flag­ship" Safaqat project in Hatta, whereby 640 vil­las were retro­fit­ted with so­lar rooftop pan­els. The firm said each Safaqat deal un­der the pro­gramme "will cost less for the end user by com­par­i­son to their pre pur­chase sce­nario", adding that when in­stalled on the vil­las, the pho­to­voltaic (PV) pan­els will re­duce car­bon emis­sions by 50 tonnes – equiv­a­lent to plant­ing 500 trees.

In­stalling the cells on the build­ings will re­sults in the re­duc­tion of 130 tonnes of car­bon emis­sions, equiv­a­lent to 1300 trees planted, Safaqat added. Plans to ex­tend the pro­gramme fall un­der the Shams Dubai ini­tia­tive which aligns with Dubai’s in­te­grated en­ergy strat­egy (DIES) 2030, the UAE’s Na­tional En­ergy Strat­egy 2050, and UAE Vi­sion 2021, the group added.

Speak­ing on the move, Ivano Ian­nelli, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer at Dubai Car­bon – which of­fers ad­vi­sory ser­vices to help boost Dubai’s green econ­omy, said: "The pro­vi­sion of so­lar en­ergy to more build­ings and vil­las via the Safaqat plat­form shows there is a de­mand for en­ergy from nat­u­ral re­sources.

"His­tor­i­cally, sus­tain­abil­ity has had as­so­ci­ated cost con­sid­er­a­tions. Through crowd­sourc­ing, we have sourced prod­ucts which of­fer long term sav­ings as well as be­ing en­ergy ef­fi­cient, made avail­able on the Safaqat plat­form," he ex­plained.

Mean­while, Dubai Car­bon and Innogy In­ter­na­tional Mid­dle East is about to launch the first blockchain based crowd in­vest­ment plat­form - Safaqat crowd in­vest­ment plat­form - that would al­low any­one to par­tic­i­pate re­gard­less of in­vest­ment liq­uid­ity. The move is ex­pected to see im­pact in the UAE's in­vest­ment in so­lar power.

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