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DEWA and Dubai Airports to develop rooftop solar

Dubai's first grid connected project to be installed at Al Maktoum International.

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Dubai Airports has partnered with Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) to build Dubai’s first grid connected rooftop solar array at Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central, DWC.

By tapping the sun's energy, the 100-panel solar system aims to limit the power used by DWC's employee gate facility.
The array has a capacity of 30KW and generates about 48.8MWh of electricity per year, equal to about two-thirds of the power used by the building.

Feeding power into the grid allows both Dubai Airports and DEWA to further reduce their reliance on power generated using fossil fuel.

"The solar array is just one of several projects across our airports aimed at adopting ways to limit our environmental impact while safeguarding the significant economic and social contributions the aviation sector provides Dubai. Initiatives such as these take us a step closer to achieving that ambition," said Majed Al Joker, SVP of Operations DWC at Dubai Airports.

The project also forms part of a broader environmental drive outlined in the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, aimed at reducing the emirate's reliance on fossil fuels.

Waleed Salman, EVP of Strategy and Business Development at DEWA, said: "We are pleased to implement the first smart initiative to connect solar power to buildings.

“This supports the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 to diversify the energy mix and increase the share of renewable energy in Dubai's total power output to 7% by 2020 and 15% by 2030, and achieve our strategy of supporting sustainable energy projects in Dubai."

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