April 19, 2024

Dubai Maritime City to Install 980kWp Rooftop Solar Plant

Emerge and Dubai Maritime City have reached a deal to install a 1,700-solar module, 980kWp rooftop solar plant. This initiative will offset a yearly 780 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

1,700 Solar Modules on Staff Accommodation Building

For 25 years, Emerge, a joint venture between Masdar and EDF Group, will oversee the design, procurement, construction, operations, and maintenance of the solar modules and installation for Dubai Maritime City.

According to Emirates News Agency, this initiative forms a component of DP World's broader energy transformation, overseen by the parent company of Dubai Maritime City, aimed at encouraging the extensive uptake of renewable energy and battery energy storage systems (BESS) throughout DP World's worldwide supply network.

Positioned on the rooftop of the staff accommodation building and comprising over 1,700 solar modules, the project will be implemented by Emerge as a comprehensive solution, covering financing, design, procurement, construction, operations, and maintenance of the solar modules for 25 years.

The Project Contributes to Decarbonization Objectives

Michel Abi Saab, General Manager of Emerge, expressed pride in the collaboration with Dubai Maritime City to install a rooftop solar plant, building on their success in developing various projects in the UAE since Emerge's establishment as an energy services firm providing comprehensive solutions without upfront costs to clients.

He emphasized their commitment to supporting the project and significantly contributing to Dubai Maritime City's decarbonization objectives. "Since Emerge was founded as an energy services company providing full turnkey solutions to clients at no upfront cost, we have successfully developed several projects in the UAE. This agreement with Dubai Maritime City to install a rooftop solar plant builds on that success. We are honoured to back this initiative and make a major contribution to the decarbonisation objectives of Dubai Maritime City,” Michel stated.

Initiative Aligns with UAE Energy Strategy 2050 Goal

Ahmed Al Hammadi, COO of Dubai Maritime City, highlighted the significance of deploying clean energy in their sustainability strategy to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040 and net zero carbon by 2050. He expressed enthusiasm for partnering with innovative firms like Emerge and Masdar to hasten their transition to renewables and anticipated commencing work on the solar plant.

"A key component of our sustainability plan to achieve net zero carbon by 2050 and carbon neutrality by 2040 is the use of clean energy. We are eager to begin construction on this solar plant in Dubai Maritime City and are thrilled to collaborate with forward-thinking businesses like Emerge and Masdar to expedite our shift to renewable energy sources,“ he said.

Emerge, established in 2021 as a collaboration between Masdar and EDF Group, specializes in developing distributed solar, energy storage, and hybrid solutions for commercial and industrial purposes, offering turnkey solutions through solar power agreements without upfront costs to clients.

The initiative aligns with the UAE Energy Strategy 2050 goal, targeting 44% renewable energy in the country's clean energy mix by 2050. By 2030, rooftop solar PV is projected to contribute around 6% of the UAE's total power generation, as forecasted by the International Renewable Energy Agency in its REmap 2030 report on renewable energy prospects for the UAE.

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