DXB completes installation of the region's largest solar energy system at Terminal 2

The solar energy system comprises of 15,000 photovoltaic panels, the largest introduced at any airport within the Middle East
Dubai airport, DXB, Solar energy


Working in close collaboration with Etihad Energy Services Company (Etihad ESCO) and the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), Dubai Airports has completed the installation of a solar energy system at Dubai International.

Comprising of a total of 15,000 photovoltaic panels, the solar system, which is situated on top of Terminal 2, is the largest ever to be deployed at any airport in the Middle East.

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Boasting a capacity of 5MWp, the system is expected to generate 7,483,500 kWh energy annually for Dubai Airports, resulting in savings worth AED 3.3 million.

Michael Ibbitson, EVP, Infrastructure and Technology, Dubai Airports, said: “Dubai Airports has undertaken a variety of green initiatives over the past several years to limit our carbon footprint and support Dubai’s goal for a 30% reduction in the city’s energy consumption by 2030.

“These include the use of energy efficient fittings, the optimisation of cooling systems, the installation of energy efficient LED bulbs and many others. In addition to enabling us to limit our carbon footprint while cutting costs, these initiatives also support our long-term vision for a carbon neutral future in line with the aviation industry’s target. We look forward to working on more energy efficiency initiatives with Etihad ESCO in the future.”

Other highlights of the project include a sizeable reduction in Terminal 2’s existing load by approximately 29%, while annual CO2 are forecasted to be cut by 3,243 metric tonnes. The latter is the equivalent of 53,617 tree seedlings grown for 10 years or 688 passenger vehicles driven for one year.

The installation of photovoltaic panels DXB’s Terminal 2 is part of the Shams Dubai initiative headed up by DEWA, which aims to promote the use of clean renewable energy sources. The programme encourages the installation of solar panels on rooftops to generate electricity from solar power and connecting it to DEWA’s grid to transfer surplus generation.

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Ali Al Jassim, CEO, Etihad ESCO, said: “Our partnership with Dubai Airports for the installation of photovoltaic solar panels gives us an opportunity to play a role in Dubai Airports’ vision for energy efficiency and development.

“Furthermore, this also 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%.

“As you all know, the Shams Dubai initiative supports the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai to make Dubai one of the smartest cities in the world. Etihad ESCO aims to retrofit 30,000 buildings by 2030 and is currently preparing to implement AED 400 million worth of projects, expanding beyond building retrofits to include industrial retrofits and solar projects,” he concluded.

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