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Solar power comes to Dubai World Central

Dubai World Central–Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) has invested in a solar array which is expected to significantly reduce its carbon footprint and feed power directly into the national grid.

It is the first solar project to be linked directly to the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) grid and is expected to be followed by several other similar projects across Dubai.

Airport operator, Dubai Airports, has partnered with DEWA on the pioneering new project.

By tapping the sun’s energy, the 100-panel solar array aims to limit the power used by DWC’s employee gate facility.

The solar panels, which is located on the roof of the building, have 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 DEWA power 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," says DWC's senior vice president of operations, Majed Al Joker.

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.

“We are pleased to implement the first smart initiative to connect solar power to buildings," says DEWA's EVP of strategy and business development, Waleed Salman.

"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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