Global marine terminal operator DP World has announced plans to launch a major renewable energy project equipped with PV panels in Dubai.

The project, which will be developed in collaboration with DP subsidiary Economic Zones World, will be comprised of rooftop solar panel mountings on buildings in the Jebel Ali free zone and several cruise terminal buildings in Port Rashid.

The installation is expected to be installed in phases, with the first segment set to cover 19 rooftops in Jafza and their surrounding parking areas, six light industrial unit (LIU) rooftops in Jafza, one warehouse, two Cruise Terminal Rooftops in Mina Rashid and ground-mounted panels developed in Jafza North. The total generation capacity of the project is expected to range from 30-40 MW.

The development of the project, which would stand as one of the largest solar rooftop projects in the region upon completion, follows in line with Dubai’s plan to reduce energy demand in 2030 by 30%.

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, DP World chairman, said:  "This project supports the Smart Dubai initiative and the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to transform Dubai into one of the world’s smartest cities through sustainable development.

"To secure a healthy sustainable society for future generations, it is necessary to take stock of our energy consumption today. Diversifying our energy mix with renewable resources such as solar power makes a lot of sense in our region where we can harness it all year round."

A tender has already been issued for the project, while vendor bids will be accepted until 1 October 2015. A final contract expected to be signed by the end of October 2015.

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