SO­LAR SAV­INGS

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Sav­ings of Dhs80 mil­lion are ex­pected to be achieved at four Majid Al Fut­taim malls, fol­low­ing the sign­ing of a so­lar power deal with Enova.

So­lar pan­els were fit­ted at City Cen­tre Me’aisem and My City Cen­tre Al Bar­sha a year ago. And this new agree­ment will see the tech­nol­ogy in­stalled at Dubai’s Mall of the Emi­rates, City Cen­tre Deira, City Cen­tre Mirdif and City Cen­tre Fu­jairah.

The move will cut the four malls’ car­bon diox­ide emis­sions by 3200 tonnes per year – the equiv­a­lent of tak­ing 700 cars off the road.

The so­lar pan­els ab­sorb en­ergy from the sun, con­vert­ing it into elec­tric­ity, which is fed di­rectly into the malls’ elec­tri­cal net­works.

Around 12,500 pan­els will be in­stalled across the build­ings, cov­er­ing an area of 25,000 square me­tres, in­clud­ing 1020 car ports.

Enova CEO Anne Le Guen­nec said: “Our en­ergy-man­age­ment so­lu­tions are based on a com­pre­hen­sive pack­age of ser­vices, in­clud­ing de­sign, com­mis­sion­ing, strat­egy and long-term main­te­nance – and when parts even­tu­ally ex­pire we’ll take them away for re­cy­cling.”

Ibrahim Al-Zu’bi, Head of Sus­tain­abil­ity at Majid Al Fut­taim Hold­ing, added: “Our mis­sion is to en­hance peo­ple’s lives through sus­tain­able real es­tate. We aim to slash wa­ter and en­ergy con­sump­tion; to cre­ate more of th­ese re­sources than we con­sume by 2040; and to en­sure that at least five per cent of en­ergy used will come from re­new­able sources by 2018.”

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