October 6 (SeeNews) - Port operator DP World Ltd has initiated construction work on a 22-MWp rooftop photovoltaic (PV) project in Dubai, which is the first phase of a larger distributed solar development.
The company said on Wednesday it has hired Green Energy Tomorrow, Phanes Group’s rooftop solar specialist, to supply 88,000 PV modules for installation on its warehouses, office buildings and car parks in the Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) and Mina Rashid Port.
The Phase I project is expected to be completed in 2017 and will be generating enough electricity to power 3,000 homes a year. The capacity of the solar arrays will be enough to meet 40% of the total energy consumption of Jafza, the company said.
The project is one of the largest initiatives to be realised under the recently-launched Shams Dubai programme by Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA).