MOE to save Dhs1.4m on en­ergy costs ev­ery year

The Gulf Today - Business - - UAE -

DUBAI: Ma­jid Al Fut­taim – the lead­ing shop­ping mall, com­mu­ni­ties, re­tail and leisure pi­o­neer across the Mid­dle East, Africa and Asia – re­cently un­veiled the first phase of Mall of the Emi­rates’ (MOE) so­lar pho­to­voltaic (PV) plant, set to gen­er­ate 3 GWH of ‘clean’ en­ergy, saving up to Dhs1.4 mil­lion on en­ergy costs ev­ery year.

Led by Enova – the Mid­dle East’s lead­ing en­ergy and fa­cil­i­ties man­age­ment spe­cial­ist – a to­tal of 7,291 pho­to­voltaic pan­els were fit­ted to 1,068 car­ports. Span­ning over 11,996 sqm, the plant is equiv­a­lent to the size of nearly two foot­ball fields. The retro­fit of the premises’ ex­ist­ing car park struc­ture is a re­gional first.

“Mall of the Emi­rates’ re­new­able en­ergy plant brings Ma­jid Al Fut­taim one step closer to our com­mit­ment to be­come ‘Net Pos­i­tive’ in car­bon and wa­ter by 2040. This new so­lar PV plant is set to re­duce 2,500 tonnes of car­bon diox­ide (CO2) emis­sions ev­ery year, equiv­a­lent to tak­ing 480 cars off the road,” said Ibrahim Al’zubi, Chief Sus­tain­abil­ity Of­fi­cer at Ma­jid Al Fut­taim-hold­ing.

“We en­cour­age our clients to take a step fur­ther in their en­ergy per­for­mance strate­gies by sup­port­ing them to not only implement en­ergy con­ser­va­tion mea­sures for in­creased en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, but also gen­er­ate their own en­ergy through on-site so­lar pho­to­voltaic plants. We are a strong part­ner through­out the so­lar project life­cy­cle, from the con­cep­tion with trans­par­ent fea­si­bil­ity stud­ies, to the op­er­a­tion & main­te­nance with real-time mon­i­tor­ing af­ter the so­lu­tion in­stal­la­tion. This in­te­grated ap­proach al­lows us to guar­an­tee the per­for­mance and sav­ings promised, so that our clients can achieve their am­bi­tious sus­tain­abil­ity targets while grow­ing their busi­ness at the same time,” said Anne Le Guen­nec, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer for Enova.

The project is part of an ini­tia­tive be­tween Enova and Ma­jid Al Fut­taim’s Shop­ping Malls busi­ness unit to in­stall so­lar PV to power three of its shop­ping malls by 2018.The ob­jec­tive is to source a min­i­mum of 7.5 per cent of en­ergy use on site via re­new­able en­ergy at all new de­vel­op­ments and a min­i­mum of 5 per cent in ex­ist­ing build­ings. The work was com­pleted in 10 weeks and the shop­ping cen­tre re­mained fully op­er­a­tional through­out, re­sult­ing in min­i­mal dis­rup­tion to cus­tomers at one of the UAE’S busiest malls.

Of­fi­cials at the MAF So­lar PV Plant launch.

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