Dubai Airports, operator of the world’s third busiest international airport, and Etihad Energy Services Company (ESCO), have successfully installed a solar energy system comprising 15,000 photovoltaic panels at Dubai International’s Terminal 2 – the largest at any airport in the region.
With a capacity of 5MWp, the solar project will generate 7,483,500 kWh energy annually for Dubai Airports, resulting in savings worth AED 3.3 million. The project will reduce existing Terminal 2 load by approximately 29 per cent, while also slashing annual CO2 emissions by 3,243 metric tonnes, which is equivalent to 53,617 tree seedlings grown for 10 years or 688 passenger vehicles driven for one year, the airport operator says.
The project is part of Shams Dubai, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s (DEWA) first smart initiative that aims to promote the use of clean renewable energy sources. The programme encourages installation of solar panels on rooftops to generate electricity from solar power and connecting it to DEWA’s grid to transfer surplus generation.
Etihad ESCO – a leading energy service company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of DEWA – will provide maintenance services for Dubai Airports for a period of seven years from completion.
Michael Ibbitson, executive vice president, Infrastructure and Technology, Dubai Airports, says: “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.
“These include the use of energy efficient fittings, the optimisation of cooling systems, the installation of energy efficient LED bulbs and many others. In addition to enabling us to limit our carbon footprint while cutting costs, these initiatives also support our long-term vision for a carbon neutral future in line with the aviation industry’s target. We look forward to working on more energy efficiency initiatives with Etihad ESCO in the future,” he adds.