Operations begin at Emicool, Total’s 500MWh solar plant in DIP 2
The grid-connected PV solar system is equipped with 792 solar panels that can generate peak power of 301kWh
Operations have commenced at UAE-based district cooling service provider Emirates District Cooling (Emicool), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dubai Financial Market-listed (DFM) Dubai Investments, and Total Solar Distributed Generation, a part of French oil and gas giant Total’s solar plant at Emicool’s facility in Dubai Investment Park (DIP) 2.
The grid-connected, ground-mounted photovoltaic solar system with 792 solar panels generates peak power of 301kWp and has an annual production capacity of 500MWh per year, under Phase 1.
In a statement Emicool said that the solar system has been designed to improve savings through better efficiency rates, net-metreing, and lower equipment and installation costs.
Speaking at the inauguration of the plant, chief executive officer of Emicool, Dr Adib Moubadder, said: “At Emicool, we are genuinely green, independent of any image we want to give and we are indulging in sustainable ways like going solar everywhere from our ground areas, roofs, façades, and storage tanks, covered with highly efficient solar panels, likewise our cars have also started going electrical.
“By going solar and partnering with Total Solar Distributed Generation, Emicool reiterates district cooling to act as a catalyst towards building a sustainable environment. Our proactive approach enabling cost control benefits through PV installations will enhance competitiveness, enabling enhanced services to customers, in parallel to strengthening our green commitment.”
Meanwhile, managing director of Total Solar Distributed Generation Middle East, Marin de Montbel said: “Total is committed to promote renewable energies and especially innovative solar power solutions through Total Solar Distributed Generation.
“Emicool will benefit from the newly installed 301 kWp solar plant to partly cover their high electricity consumption needs. Through this ground-mounted solar plant which is already in operation, Total Solar Distributed Generation Middle East is actively contributing to the development of solar energy in the UAE.”