Retrofitting key in UAE sustainability drive.

Position:Ali Al Jassim, CEO of Etihad Energy Services Company, on United Arab Emirates' sustainable buildings

Retrofitting will continue to play an important role in helping the UAE achieve its targets for more sustainable buildings, experts at the 21st Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (Wetex 2019) said.

Speaking to source at the event, Ali Al Jassim, CEO of Etihad Energy Services Company (Etihad ESCO), highlighted the importance of retrofitting projects across both the commercial and residential sectors. In May this year, Etihad ESCO announced that the installation of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels on the roofs of 5,000 homes in Dubai. The project has a target of installing 65,000 PV panels; 295,000 LED lights; and 50,000 water savers at the villas. The retrofitting is expected to save 31,102,500kWh of energy. Scheduled to be completed by November 2019, the initiative will lead to the reduction of CO2 emissions by 21,139 tonnes annually.

"Today, Dubai has 130MW of connected residential rooftop solar," Ali Al Jassim said. "Our...

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