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Solar panels to power four more Majid Al Futtaim malls by 2018

Four shopping malls in Dubai owned by Majid Al Futtaim Properties will run on solar power to provide energy savings of up to Dh80mn annually, following an agreement signed on Wednesday.

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Four shopping malls in Dubai owned by Majid Al Futtaim Properties will run on solar power to provide energy savings of up to Dh80mn annually, following an agreement signed recently.

UAE based energy services company, Enova, will supply solar power to the four malls. The first solar power deal with Majid Al Futtaim Properties was signed on World Environment Day, the United Nations’ annual initiative to promote sustainability.

The deal is set to cut the four malls’ carbon dioxide emissions by 3,200 tonnes per year – the equivalent of taking 700 cars off the roads – and will see the technology installed at Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif and City Centre Fujairah.

Following City Centre Me’aisem and My City Centre Al Barsha, the first malls to be fitted with solar panels a year ago, the new agreement covering four more UAE malls will help strengthens Majid Al Futtaim’s pioneering role in energy conservation.

Solar panels contain photovoltaic cells, which absorb energy from the sun and convert it into electricity. The power generated is then fed directly into the malls’ electrical network. Under this deal, about 12,500 panels will be installed across the buildings, covering an area of 25,000 square metres, including 1,020 car ports.

Feasibility studies are underway with a view to rolling the project out across other assets. The scheme will enable Majid Al Futtaim Properties to generate 6,000 MWh of electrical energy annually, earning it points with the LEED certification system (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the globally recognised green building benchmark.

Enova’s CEO, Anne Le Guennec, said: “Every day throughout the Middle East, Enova helps firms achieve their best performance and environmental targets, freeing them to concentrate on their core business activities. Our energy management solutions are based on a comprehensive package of services, including design, commissioning, strategy and long-term maintenance – and when parts eventually expire we’ll take them away for recycling.”

“Investing in renewables aligns with Majid Al Futtaim’s commitment to become a regional leader in environmental stewardship, set out in its ambitious Net Positive strategy and Renewable Energy White Paper. We want to lead by example by applying international best practices across our portfolio and have a positive impact on the communities we serve," said Fuad Mansoor Sharaf, Managing Director for Majid Al Futtaim Properties, Shopping Malls (UAE, Bahrain & Oman).

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