UAE: DP World begins work on solar rooftop project

The scheme will have major environmental benefits and is part of DP World’s commitment to being a world leader in sustainability

Representational image.
Representational image.

Shipping terminal operator DP World has started construction of the largest distributed solar rooftop project in the Middle East with the installation of 88,000 rooftop solar panels on its Dubai facilities.

The group has appointed Green Energy Tomorrow, Phanes Group’s rooftop solar specialist, to deliver the solar panels on its warehouses, office buildings and car-parks in the Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) and Mina Rashid Port.

The scheme will have major environmental benefits and is part of DP World’s commitment to being a world leader in sustainability.

Once Phase 1 is completed in 2017, the project will provide enough clean power for 3,000 homes a year, said a statement from DP world.

It will result in 22,000 tonnes of carbon being saved annually, equivalent to taking 4,500 cars off the road. The solar panels will provide 40 per cent of the total energy consumption of Jafza, one of the world’s largest free trade zones.

DP World Group chairman and chief executive, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, said: "This landmark initiative will have major environmental benefits, and we are pleased to contribute to Dubai’s Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 as well as the UAE vision 2021 for a sustainable environment."

"We aim to ensure that everything we do has a long-lasting positive impact on economies and society. By raising awareness of renewable energy, we are helping work towards a carbon-neutral future for the UAE. This project demonstrates the scale of DP World’s ambition to be a world leader in sustainability and we look forward to sharing the learnings across our business and also with our stakeholders," he added.

After Phase 1 of the project is completed in 2017 (totalling 22 MW at peak), Phases 2 and 3 will follow, with further solar installations due in Jafza and Mina Rashid, said the global shipping terminal operator.

In addition, the company aims to raise awareness of renewable energy and energy efficiency amongst stakeholders through this project. In addition to its environmental benefits, the project has positive business implications for DP World and its subsidiary Jafza.


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