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DP World plans major solar energy project for Dubai

DP World has announced plans to launch a major renewable energy project with the installation of photovoltaic solar panels.
DP World chairman Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem says solar energy makes sense for this region.
DP World chairman Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem says solar energy makes sense for this region.

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DP World has announced plans to launch a major renewable energy project with the installation of photovoltaic solar panels, allowing it to reduce its carbon footprint while exporting surplus energy to the national grid.

The project was launched in cooperation with Economic Zones World, a DP World subsidiary, and will involve the installation of rooftop solar panel mountings on its Jebel Ali free zone buildings and parking sheds, and several of its cruise terminal buildings in Port Rashid.

The announcement marks the start of the global “Go Green” campaign, a maritime industry initiative involving five of the world’s largest port operators - DP World, Hutchison Port Holdings Limited (HPH), APM Terminals and PSA International and the Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG who have come together to raise environmental awareness to make a sustainable difference in the communities in which they operate.

The launch of this project, the largest distributed solar rooftop grid connected project in the region, follows the announcement by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) of Shams Dubai, a smart initiative to regulate the generation of solar energy in buildings and their connection to the grid and complements Dubai’s effort to diversity energy resources in line with Dubai vision 2021 and the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 which aims to reduce energy demand by 30% by 2030 and diversify the energy mix.

”This project is a major milestone in promoting the rational use of natural resources and creating innovative solutions that replace traditional energy sources,” said DP World chairman Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem. “We are delighted to contribute to the efforts that support the Emirate’s economic growth and the drive to build a green economy.”

“To secure a healthy sustainable society for future generations, it is necessary to take stock of our energy consumption today. Diversifying our energy mix with renewable resources such as solar power makes a lot of sense in our region where we can harness it all year round,” he added.

A tender has already been issued for the project and vendor bids will be accepted until 1 October with a final contract expected to be signed by the end of October 2015.

The project will be implemented in phases, the first will cover 19 Buildings’ Rooftops in Jafza and their surrounding parking areas, six LIUs (Light Industrial Units) rooftops in Jafza and their surrounding parking areas, one warehouse and two Cruise Terminals Rooftops in Mina Rashid and their surrounding parking areas, in addition to ground-mounted panels for the main spine road in Jafza North.

This will contribute to a total generation of 30-40 MWP (Mega Watt Peak), which is enough to power around 50 average UAE households per month.

DP World also hopes to roll out the initiative across its global portfolio in the future.

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