DP World to install largest solar rooftop project in the Middle East
Oct 7, 2016: DP World, the Dubai-based global shipping terminal operator, has begun constructing the largest distributed solar rooftop project in the Middle East with the installation of 88,000 rooftop solar panels on its Dubai facilities as part of its continued efforts to reduce its carbon emissions.The Dubai group has appointed Green Energy Tomorrow, Phanes Group’s rooftop solar specialist, to deliver the solar panels on its warehouses, office buildings and car-parks in the Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) and Mina Rashid Port. The scheme will have major environmental benefits and is part of DP World’s commitment to being a world leader in sustainability. Once Phase One is completed in 2017, the project will provide enough clean power for 3,000 homes a year, said a statement from DP World. It will result in 22,000 tonnes of carbon being saved annually, equivalent to taking 4,500 cars off the road. The solar panels will provide 40 per cent of the total energy consumption of Jafza, one of the world’s largest free trade zones. 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 per cent by 2030.
DP World Group chairman and chief executive Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, said, "This landmark initiative will have major environmental benefits, and we are pleased to contribute to Dubai’s Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 as well as the UAE vision 2021 for a sustainable environment."