Leading logistics services provider, GAC Dubai, is installing over 15,000 solar panels to generate electricity for two of its contract logistics facilities. The company has appointed Total Solar Middle East to fit SunPower P19-series solar panels, totaling approximately 3.42 megawatts of solar capacity, at GAC Logistics Park in the Jebel Ali Free Zone. The installation will cover around 73% of its total electricity needs, while 2.65 megawatts of solar capacity will also be installed at Dubai South to provide 93% of the electricity requirements of GAC’s newest contract logistics facility at this site. The company says it will also be looking into installing solar panels at its other warehouses in Jebel Ali.
The project is linked to Shams Dubai, the first smart initiative by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) to connect solar energy to buildings. Households and businesses are encouraged to install photovoltaic panels to generate electricity, and connect them to the DEWA grid, with electricity generated used on-site and any surplus exported to the network.
“We are dedicated to reducing our environmental impact in line with the UAE’s Vision 2021 National Agenda to create and maintain a sustainable environment and infrastructure,” says Neil McMaster, General Manager, Contract Logistics of GAC Dubai. “This project demonstrates our commitment to solar energy as a vital part of our sustainability initiatives in partnership with Total Solar.”