Solar panels to power four Majid Al Futtaim malls by 2018
Majid Al Futtaim Properties expects to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 3,200 tons per year in four malls
Majid Al Futtaim Properties has selected Enova, the regional provider in integrated energy, to supply solar power to four of its malls by 2018, saving AED 80 million.
Following City Centre Me'aisem and My City Centre Al Barsha, the first malls to be fitted with solar panels a year ago, this new agreement strengthens Majid Al Futtaim's role in the region.
The agreement, a first with Enova, is aimed to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions by 3,200 tons per year in four malls; Dubai's Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif and City Centre Fujairah.
The project will see roughly 12,500 panels be installed across the buildings, covering an area of 25,000 square metres, including 1,020 car ports. The scheme will enable Majid Al Futtaim Properties to generate 6,000MWh of electrical energy annually, earning it points with the LEED certification system (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
Ibrahim Al-Zu'bi, head of Sustainability at Majid Al Futtaim - Holding, said: "At Majid Al Futtaim our sustainability mission is to enhance people's lives through sustainable real estate. We aim to slash water and energy consumption, creating more of these resources than we consume by 2040, and at least 5% of energy used will come from renewable sources by 2018."
Al-Zu'bi added: "We have made a concerted effort to apply best-practice global green building standards across our premises across the region and have already introduced several energy efficiency measures thanks to the support of Enova. Majid Al Futtaim is excited to keep on building on the partnership with Enova to lead the way towards a more sustainable future."
Enova's CEO, Anne Le Guennec, concluded: "Every day throughout the Middle East, Enova helps firms achieve their best performance and environmental targets, freeing them to concentrate on their core business activities. Our energy management solutions are based on a comprehensive package of services, including design, commissioning, strategy and long-term maintenance - and when parts eventually expire we'll take them away for recycling."
The agreement was signed on World Environmental Day.