Dubai Airport Installs 15,000 Solar Panels
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Dubai International Airport installed 15,000 solar panels to help reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions. The panels will help power its Terminal 2 and reduce CO2 by 3,243 metric tons.
The photovoltaic array will generate 7,483,500 kWh of energy a year. It’s the biggest such system in the Middle East. The related carbon reduction is equal to 53,617 tree seedlings grown for 10 years, or 688 passenger vehicles driven for one year.
Etihad Energy Services Company, a subsidiary of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, oversaw the project. The company hopes to promote renewable energy.
Michael Ibbitson, vice president for infrastructure and business technology, Dubai Airports, said the goal is to support Dubai’s aim for a 30 percent reduction in energy consumption by 2030.
“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,” Ibbitson said.
The airport has undertaken other green initiatives, including the use of energy-efficient fittings, the optimization of cooling systems and the installation of energy-efficient LED bulbs.