Tens of Thousands of Solar Panels Are Being Installed in Dubai

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As conscious companies around the world work towards becoming more sustainable, traditional energy sources are being replaced by ones with a lesser impact on the environment. One such company is Dubai Airports, which has teamed up with Etihad Energy Services Company (Etihad ESCO), a subsidiary of Dubai Electric and Water Authority (DEWA). As of July 2019, Etihad ESCO had installed 15,000 solar panels at Terminal 2 of Dubai International Airport as part of Shams Dubai, DEWA’s first smart initiative aimed at promoting the widespread use of clean, renewable energy sources. 

As part of the largest installation of its kind at any airport in the Middle East, these photovoltaic panels are expected to reduce Terminal 2’s energy load by approximately 30 percent. How does this number translate to everyday energy efficiency? It’s the equivalent of the amount of energy needed to grow 53,617 trees over ten years, as well as the amount of energy used by 688 cars in one year. In addition to that, Dubai Airports expects the panels to help save about AED 3.3 million in energy costs every year. Altogether, Terminals 1, 2, and 3 are aiming to reduce their water and electricity consumption by 20 percent. 

The busiest international airport in the world, DXB is helping to build a greener planet in more ways than one. “Dubai Airports has undertaken a variety of green initiatives […] to limit our carbon footprint and support Dubai’s goal for a 30 percent reduction in the city’s energy consumption by 2030,” says Michael Ibbitson, Executive VP of Infrastructure and Technology at Dubai Airports. Some of these additional measures include installing energy-efficient fittings, optimizing cooling systems, and using LED light bulbs.  

In addition to airports, DEWA plans to install panels on at least 30,000 rooftops by 2030. Showing support for these green initiatives, the Dubai Supreme Energy Council announced that, by then, 15 percent of Dubai’s power will come from renewable energy sources.