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DP World begins installation of largest solar rooftop project in the Middle East

DP World begins installation of largest solar rooftop project in the Middle East
DP World has commissioned the installation of 88,000 rooftop solar panels on its Dubai facilities which will eventually provide 40% of the total energy consumption at the free trade logistics park linked to its flagship Jebel Ali Port. 

The global ports and logistics operator has begun the install on its warehouses, office buildings and car parks in Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) and Mina Rashid Port as part of its efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.  

DP World has appointed Dubai-based Green Energy Tomorrow, Phanes Group’s rooftop solar specialist, to deliver the solar panels which will provide enough clean power to power the equivalent 3,000 homes annually, totalling 22 megawatts at peak.

The DP World Solar Programme will contribute to energy diversification in the region as part of Dubai’s Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, which seeks to reduce energy demand by 30% by 2030.

Once phase one is completed in 2017, the project will result in 22,000 tonnes of carbon being saved annually, equivalent to taking 4,500 cars off the road, DP World says.

More panels are earmarked for Jafza and Mina Rashid beyond 2017 and with 77 marine and inland terminals in more than 40 countries across six continents, there is significant scope for DP World to roll out the initiative around the world.

“We aim to ensure that everything we do has a long-lasting positive impact on economies and society,” said DP World group Chairman and ceo Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem.

“By raising awareness of renewable energy, we are helping work towards a carbon neutral future for the UAE. This project demonstrates the scale of DP World’s ambition to be a world leader in sustainability and we look forward to sharing the learnings across our business and also with our stakeholders.”

The scheme also supports the UAE vision 2021 for a sustainable environment, the national initiative for building a green economy launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.