• Projects to offset 3,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year
• More than 7,000 panels installed across Dubai International Academic City, Dubai Outsource City
Dubai International Academic City and Dubai Outsource City, part of TECOM Group, have today jointly announced the successful completion of work on two solar PV carports that will generate 4.25 GWh of clean electricity annually — enough to power 350 homes.
They are the first solar PV carports commissioned for the business communities and fall within the purview of a sustainability partnership between the Group and Enova, a regional leader in integrated energy and multi-technical services. While reinforcing Dubai’s ongoing commitment to developing state-of-the-art, sustainable infrastructure, the projects will boost energy efficiency and provide renewable electricity to the Group’s business communities.
With the installation of 4,170 photovoltaic panels (PV panels), the 1.6 MWp solar carport in Dubai Outsource City will meet 98 per cent of the community’s energy requirements and cut 1,250 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually.
The second environmentally-friendly initiative, a 1.1 MWp solar carport will meet up to a fifth of Dubai International Academic City’s electricity consumption demands. Completed in eight weeks, it will provide solar power to 12 university buildings across the largest academic ecosystem in the world.
Collectively, the two projects boast more than 7,000 solar panels and span a total area of over 14,000 square metres — the equivalent of two and a half football pitches.
Mohammed Abdullah, Managing Director of Dubai International Academic City, said: “This achievement is part of the wider Group’s commitment towards sustainability. In 2019, we implemented several energy-saving initiatives across our 10 communities that reduced energy consumption by more than 10 per cent compared to 2018. The solar carport is one such initiative that has helped us continue to deliver on our sustainability vision, while shaping Dubai’s innovation-driven economy.”
For his part, Ammar Al Malik, Managing Director of Dubai Outsource City, said: “The completion of our first solar carport in Dubai Outsource City falls in line with the UAE’s vision to emerge as a world leader in renewable energy consumption and generation. We are proud of this partnership and strive to minimise the environmental footprint of our sector-focused ecosystems by providing world-class, sustainable infrastructure for our business partners to support their environmental efforts.”
Dubai International Academic City and Dubai Outsource City are committed to reducing energy consumption and promoting the responsible use of natural resources by developing renewable energy infrastructure, conserving water, increasing recycling and reducing waste generation as part of a group-wide sustainability drive.