Rise of the panel
More UAE conglomerates are harnessing the power of the sun by installing photovoltaic panels on their rooftops
In an interview with fmME, Enova FM CEO Anne Le Guennec said the rise in popularity of solar photovoltaic panels in the UAE is because of the sharp drop in prices of the technology, as much as five times lower than compared to a few years ago. “That has certainly encouraged companies to adopt the technology,” she said.
In July, logistics and transportation service provider Aramex successfully inaugurated a 3.2 Megawatt solar photovoltaic plant for its new logistics facility in Dubai. Aramex partnered with IMG Solar FZE, a sister concern of Jordanian-based Izzat Marji Group.
Aramex claims this is the largest single-rooftop solar photovoltaic plant project in the MENA region and one of the largest solar photovoltaic plants connected to DEWA’s grid under its ‘Shams Dubai’ initiative. Located at Aramex’s logistics facility in Dubai Logistics City the plant contains 9,000 solar panels, covered over a total roof area of 38,000 square meters.
The energy yield for the system is around 5 GWh per year, contributing to more than 3,000 tons of avoided CO₂ emissions per year.
Raji Hattar, chief sustainability officer at Aramex, said: “This solar photovoltaic plant will provide 60% of the power needed to run our logistics facility in Dubai Logistics City for a year. We continuously look for new ways to ensure that we operate as efficiently and cleanly as possible to safeguard our environment for future generations. We have a commitment to reducing our expenditure on power, and increasing electricity consumption from renewable sources for our operations.”
In June, Landmark made a similar such development when it tied up with SirajPower, the Dubai-based joint venture devoted to net metering and providing solar rooftops in the UAE. SirajPower partnered with Landmark Group for a new solar rooftop leasing deal.
As per the partnership, SirajPower will carry out the design, installation, commission and operation of Landmark Group’s new solar system over a period of 20 years. SirajPower will deliver 2.1 MW of solar energy to Landmark’s Group warehouse facility located in Dubai South, and help the company generate in excess of 3.4 million KWH of clean energy annually, resulting in reduction of the group’s utility bills as well as its carbon footprint.
Vipen Sethi, group director, Landmark Group said: “The UAE public sector has been working hard on promoting clean energy and we are proud to partner with SirajPower to find sustainable energy solutions for Landmark. The National Agenda UAE Vision 2030 mandates sustainability as a key pillar for all organisations — public and private — to create a blueprint for the use of alternative energy.”