Panels will generate 9 GWh of clean energy, with an estimated reduction of more than 3,500 tons of CO2 per year
Nakheel Malls, the retail arm of master developer Nakheel, has partnered with Total – through its subsidiary Total Solar Distributed Generation (DG) Middle East – to install photovoltaic solar panels on the roofs of Ibn Battuta Mall and Dragon Mart.
In a statement, the company said the PV modules can generate around 9 GWh of clean energy, with an estimated reduction of more than 3,500 tons of CO2 per year. Around 12,000 PV modules with a total area of 35,000 square meters will be installed in both shopping centers.
The partnership agreement was signed in the presence of Omar Khoory, Chief Hospitality and Assets Officer of Nakheel, as well as Marin de Montbel, Managing Director of Total Solar DG Middle East and Mathieu Lauga, Key Account Manager of Total Solar DG Middle East.
“With a growing global climate focus, it is important that governments work with the public and private sectors to implement clean energy solutions in urban planning,” said Khoory.
“As part of our ongoing focus on leading Dubai, the Nakheel Malls are committed to supporting the city's Clean Energy 2050 strategy. We do this through our partnership with Total by installing PV solar panels at Dragon Mart and Ibn Battuta Mall with the aim of supporting a circular economy, ”he noted.
The solar solution provided by Total will help Nakheel Malls reduce their carbon footprint, thus contributing to the UAE's sustainable development efforts, the statement added.
According to de Montbel, Total Solar's mission is to enable its customers to achieve their sustainability goals by reducing their carbon footprint through photovoltaic roof systems and carports.
“Our solar roof project in collaboration with Nakheel Malls is part of our commitment to overcoming climatic challenges by providing more energy with fewer emissions. This is fully in line with our long-term growth strategy and our ambition to become the global leader in renewable energies.
The project is slated to start this month, while the malls will remain fully functional throughout the period with little or no disruption to customers, he concluded.