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Dewa power stations retrofit save 75% energy

Lighting retrofit project at DEWA power stations consisted of replacing 8,500 lighting fixtures with high efficiency LEDs

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Etihad ESCO, the energy retrofit entity has executed the lighting retrofit project at the DEWA power stations in Jebel Ali and Al Awir. The project involved replacing 8,500 light fixtures with high efficiency LEDs and it has exceeded the contractual savings guarantee to 75% savings from initial electricity consumption, which is equivalent to a 15 GWh reduction annually.

The energy savings are coming from high efficiency LED lights by Philips Lighting that replaced old indoor, outdoor and streets lights in Jebel Ali and Al Awir Power Stations. The new electricity consumption from the installed LED lights was measured and verified and confirmed a savings of 75% compared to previous consumption. Through this ESCO project, DEWA will witness 6,286 tons of CO2 reduction.

Using commercial electricity rates, the project generates an annual savings of Dh6.6mn with no maintenance costs on DEWA on lighting for the contractual six years. DEWA’s initial investment of Dh21mn will be recompensed through the guaranteed savings in less than three and a half years.

Commenting on the completion, Stephane le Gentil, CEO – Etihad ESCO said, “We are pleased to announce the successful completion of our first ESCO project with Philips Lighting for the DEWA Power Stations. This pioneering project in Dubai demonstrates the viability and efficiency of the LED technology in achieving energy savings while ensuring better light quality.”

Through previously undertaken audits, Etihad ESCO identified that the lighting infrastructure at DEWA Power Stations were aging and a significant improvement could be implemented to reduce energy consumption.

Commenting on the electricity usage, Alfonso D’andretta, Head of Systems Center Dubai at Philips Lighting said “Lighting today accounts for 19% of the world’s total electricity consumption, whereas this number is 22% in our region. Importance of energy efficient LED lighting solutions is getting more crucial every day for a more sustainable standard of living.”

“The better quality light fixtures will benefit the DEWA employees working on site at night and result in better safety and comfort conditions, but the biggest impact will be a large reduction in the energy consumption while reducing the maintenance budget for lighting to zero” added Stephane le Gentil.

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