Airports in Dubai are set to become solar powered. Dubai Airports and Etihad Energy Services Company have announced the successful installation of a solar energy system at Dubai International’s Terminal 2. With 15,000 photovoltaic panels, it is the largest at any airport in the region, reports Breaking Travel News.

The solar project will promote sustainability

The solar project has a capacity of 5 MWp and will generate 7,483,500 kWh energy annually for Dubai Airports. It will result in total savings worth AED 3.3 million. Additionally, the project is set to reduce the existing Terminal 2 load by approximately 29%. More importantly, it will slash annual CO2 emissions by 3,243 metric tonnes. This is equivalent to 53,617 tree seedlings grown for ten years or 688 passenger vehicles driven for one year.

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Illuminated Dubai International Airport at dusk.

The company involved, Etihad Energy Services Company, is a leading energy service company. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA). This solar project is a part of Shams Dubai, a smart initiative by DEWA to promote the use of clean renewable energy sources.

The programme promotes the installation of solar panels on rooftops to generate electricity from solar power while also connecting it to DEWA’s grid to transfer surplus generation. Also, after the completion of the installation, Etihad ESCO will provide maintenance services for Dubai Airports for a period of seven years.

Airports in Dubai have taken up other green initiatives as well

Michael Ibbitson, executive vice president, infrastructure and technology, Dubai Airports, said: “Dubai Airports has undertaken a variety of green initiatives over the past several years to limit our carbon footprint and support Dubai’s goal for a 30 per cent reduction in the city’s energy consumption by 2030.”

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He added: “These include the use of energy-efficient fittings, the optimisation of cooling systems, the installation of energy-efficient LED bulbs and many others.”

These new initiatives support a long-term vision for a carbon neutral future that is in line with the aviation industry’s target. Ibbitson said, “We look forward to working on more energy efficiency initiatives with Etihad ESCO in the future.”

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