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Dubai shipping terminal operator begins construction of ME's largest solar rooftop

Shipping terminal operator DP World has begun building what it claims will be the largest solar rooftop project in the Middle East. 12 Oct 2016

Work has begun to install 88,000 solar panels on DP World's warehouses, office buildings and car parks in the Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) and the Mina Rashid Port in Dubai. The panels will produce enough power for 3,000 homes a year, the company said.

The development is part of DP World's "continued efforts to reduce its carbon emissions", it said. It will result in 22,000 tonnes of carbon being saved annually, equivalent to taking 4,500 cars off the road, DP World said. The solar panels will provide 40% of the total energy consumption of Jafza, one of the world’s largest free trade zones.

After phase one of the project is completed in 2017, producing 22 megawatts at peak, phases two and three will follow with further solar installations due in Jafza and Mina Rashid, DP World said.

"With 77 marine and inland terminals in over 40 countries, there is significant scope for DP World to implement [what it learns] from this project across its operations," it said.