Dubai Airports taps solar power at Al Maktoum

Solar array with 100 panels to reduce power used by Dubai World Central’s employee gate facility

Dubai Aiports partners with DEWA to shrink carbon footprint.
Dubai Aiports partners with DEWA to shrink carbon footprint.

Dubai Airports and the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) have erected a solar panel array at Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central which will help reduce the airport’s carbon footprint and also feed power directly into the national power grid.

This is the first of a series of similar projects planned across Dubai and has a capacity of 30kW and can generate about 48.8MWh of electricity per year, amounting to about two-thirds of the power currently used in the building.

“The solar (panel) array is just one of several projects across our airports aimed at adopting ways to limit our environmental impact while safeguarding the significant economic and social contributions the aviation sector provides Dubai. Initiatives such as these take us a step closer to achieving that ambition,” said Majed Al Joker, senior vice president of Operations DWC at Dubai Airports.

Located on the roof of the building, the 100 solar panel installation is part of the broad environmental drive outlined in the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, intended to reduce the emirate’s reliance on fossil fuels.

Waleed Salman, executive vice president of Strategy & Business Development at DEWA, said; “In line with the Green Economy for Sustainable Development and Smart Dubai initiatives launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and council resolution number 46 of 2014, issued by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, enabling the installation of photovoltaic panels to produce solar power in buildings and their connection to the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority grid, DEWA has partnered with Dubai Airports to erect a solar panel array at Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central with any surplus power to be exported directly into our power grid." 

“We are pleased to implement the first smart initiative to connect solar power to buildings. This supports the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 to diversify the energy mix and increase the share of renewable energy in Dubai’s total power output to 7% by 2020 and 15% by 2030, and achieve our strategy of supporting sustainable energy projects in Dubai,” he added.

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