Etihad ESCO, a Dubai government-owned energy services company, plans to award its first rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Dubai’s touristic area of Hatta this May, the company’s CEO said.
Etihad ESCO’s CEO, Ali Al Jassim, said the company would award 11 million dirhams ($2.99 million) engineering, procurement, and construction contract for rooftop solar systems for 640 villas this month but didn’t specify the actual contract award date.
He was speaking on Sunday during a media roundtable event held in Dubai Carbon, which offers advisory services for green house gas reduction and is owned by four Dubai government institutions.
“This will be the first solar rooftop project for Etihad ESCO and the largest in the region,” he said, adding that the project would have total power generation capacity of 3 Megawatt (MW) and is expected to be completed in a year’s time.
Al Jassim said five companies have been shortlisted for the final contract award out of a total of 11 that responded to the Request for Proposals (RFP).
“We received approximately 50 Expressions of Interest (EOI), 32 companies purchased our RFP [documents], and 11 submitted their proposals,” he said.
The EOI tender was issued in January, and the project’s scope also involve operation and maintenance of the rooftop systems.
In January 2017, Etihad ESCO said in a statement that the Hatta rooftop solar project would be completed by the end of 2018, and will be connected to DEWA’s main grid through its Shams Dubai rooftop programme. Etihad ESCO said it would provide maintenance services for the project for a period of two years after completion.