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Etihad Esco installs 15,000 solar PV panels at T2 of Dubai's DXB airport

The project has a capacity of 5MWp and will generate 7.5 million kWh energy each year, resulting in savings of $898,425

Etihad Esco has completed the project.
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Etihad Esco has completed the project.

Dubai Airports, the operator of the world’s busiest airport, Dubai International Airport (DXB), revealed that Etihad Energy Services Company (Etihad Esco) – a part of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority – had installed 15,000 solar panels at DXB’s Terminal 2, with the company also set to provide maintenance services for a period of seven years for the panels.

According to Dubai Airports, the solar project has a capacity of 5 megawatt peak (MWp) and will generate 7.5 million kWh of energy every year.

The project will result in savings of $898,425 (AED3.3m) for Dubai Airports, in addition to curbing existing load at Terminal 2 by approximately 29%.

As part of the project, which is a part of Dewa’s Shams Dubai initiative that is aimed at boosting the use of renewable energy, CO2 emissions will be reduced by 3,243 metric tonnes (t) – equivalent to planting 53,617 tree seedlings for 10 years, or keeping off 688 vehicles from the road.

Executive vice president of infrastructure and technology at Dubai Airports, Michael Ibbitson, said that the authority had initiated the use of energy-efficient fittings, the optimisation of cooling systems, and the installation of LED bulbs to boost sustainability at its facilities. 

Commenting on the DXB project, chief executive officer of Etihad Esco, Ali Al Jassim, said: “The project marks an extension of an existing partnership between Dubai Airports and Etihad Esco, which goes back to October 2017, when we signed an agreement for the retrofitting of DXB’s Terminals 1, 2, and 3 to enhance energy-efficiency and cut down water and electricity consumption by 20%."

Under the Shams Dubai initiative, Etihad Esco plans to retrofit 30,000 buildings by 2030, with implementation of $108.9m (AED400m) worth of projects that include industrial retrofits and solar projects, added Al Jassim.

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