Terminal 2 at Dubai International Airport just got a whole lot eco-friendlier thanks to the 15,000 solar panels installed on its roof which will reduce its carbon emissions and save AED $3.3 million annually in electricity bills.

With a capacity of 5MWp, the solar project will generate 7,483,500 kWh energy annually for Dubai Airports.

This will reduce the existing Terminal 2 load by 29%, while also slashing annual CO2 emissions by 3,243 metric tonnes – the equivalent of 688 passenger vehicles driven for one year.

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Michael Ibbitson, Executive Vice President, Infrastructure and Business Technology for Dubai Airports, said Dubai Airports had undertaken a variety of green initiatives over the past several years to limit their carbon footprint and support Dubai’s goal for a 30% reduction in the city’s energy consumption by 2030.

“These include the use of energy-efficient fittings, the optimisation of cooling systems, the installation of energy-efficient LED bulbs and many others.”

Michael Ibbitson, Executive Vice President, Infrastructure and Business Technology for Dubai Airports

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Ali Al Jassim, CEO of Etihad Energy Services Company (the company which installed the solar panels and will be maintaining them for the next 7 years) said he was pleased to play a part in Dubai Airports’ vision for energy efficiency.

The project is part of Shams Dubai, Dewa’s smart initiative that aims to promote the use of clean renewable energy sources by installing solar panels on useable rooftops in Dubai.