Dubai Airports has been associated with Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) to create a solar display at Al Maktoum International, Dubai World Central (DWC) which helps bounds the airport’s carbon footprint and lets the power generated to be supplied straight into the power grid. This is the first solar project to be connected straight to the DEWA grid and is approximated to be followed by various same projects across Dubai.
By utilizing the sun’s energy, the 100-panel solar display intends to limit the power utilized by DWC’s employee gate facility. The array, which is situated on the roof of the structure, has a capacity of 30KW and generates approximately 48.8MWh of electricity each year, equivalent to nearly two-thirds of the power utilized by the building.
Feeding power into the DEWA power grid lets both Dubai Airports and DEWA to further lessen their dependence on power generated using fossil fuel.
The project as well forms part of a wider environmental drive delineated in the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, planned at diminishing the emirate’s dependence on fossil fuels.
According to the EVP of Strategy and Business Development at DEWA, Waleed Salman, that corresponding the Green Economy for Sustainable Development and Smart Dubai initiatives commenced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and Council Resolution number 46 of 2014 issued by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, allowing the installation of photovoltaic panels to generate solar power in buildings and their connection to the DEWA grid.
He also averred that they are delighted to execute the first smart initiative to connect solar power to constructions. This supports the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 to expand the energy mix and boost the share of renewable energy in Dubai’s total power output to 7% by 2020 and 15% by 2030, and attaint their tactic of supporting sustainable energy projects in Dubai.