Aramex launches 3.2 Megawatt Solar Photovoltaic Plant in Dubai
Aramex has launched what it says is the largest single-rooftop solar photovoltaic plant in the MENA region as part of its commitment to supporting the UAE’s Clean Energy Strategy 2021 goals.
The logistics giant partnered with IMG Solar FZE, a subsidiary of Jordan-based Izzat Marji Group, to install the 3.2 Megawatt solar photovoltaic plant on the roof of its new logistics facility in Dubai.
The plant is connected to DEWA’s grid under its “Shams Dubai” initiative”.
Located at Aramex’s Logistics Facility in Dubai Logistics City, the 3.2 Megawatt solar photovoltaic plant uses state-of-the-art components in 9,000 solar panels, covered over a total roof area of 38,000 square meters.
The energy yield for the system is around 5 GWh per year, cutting annual CO₂ emissions by 3,000 tons. Additionally, the design was based on optimising the available area while still implementing a modular design, to ease the installation and maintenance of the solar plant.
“We pride ourselves on being a leader in sustainability across the region, and are pleased with our partnership with IMG Solar FZE for the second time,” said Raji Hattar, chief sustainability officer at Aramex.
“This solar photovoltaic plant will provide 60% of the power needed to run our logistics facility in Dubai Logistics City for a year. We have a commitment to reducing our expenditure on power, and increasing electricity consumption from renewable sources for our operations. We are currently planning a phase 2 of this project, aimed at increasing the capacity to 7 Megawatt upon completion."
In 2017, Aramex partnered with Izzat Marji Group and successfully inaugurated its single-rooftop solar photovoltaic plant in Amman, Jordan.
The plant generates 1.2 Megawatt of power, providing sufficient renewable electricity to power the Company’s operations in Amman. Aramex also announced the addition of electric vehicles to its fleet in Jordan.
“We remain committed to reducing CO₂ emissions from our operations by an additional 20% by 2020, over the initial target of 20% of CO₂ reduction we achieved in 2016. Therefore, where regulations and infrastructure allow, we will be looking to introduce similar projects to all of the 73 markets in which we operate,” added Hattar.