The new plant is set to make significant reductions in the mixed-use development’s local carbon footprint
Majid Al Futtaim Properties has announced the deployment of an innovative solar hybrid power system at the office of its flagship mixed-use community, Tilal Al Ghaf. It is aimed at reducing the office’s carbon footprint by 222t over 12 months – the equivalent of powering nearly ten homes with electricity for a year.
Feeding power directly to Tilal Al Ghaf’s Office, as well as adjacent office and storage buildings, the solar hybrid system comprises 133 solar modules, 150 Li-ion batteries, and a powerful 116kWh DC inverter, according to a statement from the developer.
Robust enough to meet the predicted total annual power requirement of 169,965kWh, the system will supply nearly two-thirds of this requirement in the form of clean solar energy, with the remaining 32% met by its diesel generators, it added.
In February 2022, Majid Al Futtaim Communities launched a new neighborhood within Tilal Al Ghaf.
With this move, Majid Al Futtaim Properties said it continues to drive more sustainable and eco-friendly buildings, leading into a new era of innovation, adaptation, and ‘green’ solutions.
Being the first project in Dubai to achieve BREEAM interim certification and home to the region’s first Zero Positive building, Majid Al Futtaim Communities will follow these benchmarks by being rigorous about auditing its energy, water and waste consumption at Tilal Al Ghaf, the company commented.
As part of this, the team will continually seek ways whereby they can reduce their footprint across every aspect of the community, from the integration of ample blue and green infrastructure throughout the master plan, to the reduction of the urban heat effect, and by using clean energy solutions throughout all public and private buildings, it noted.
In June 2022, Ibrahim Al Zubi, Chief Sustainability Officer at Majid Al Futtaim Holdings spoke to Big Project Middle East about why incorporating sustainable practices is the only way to do business.
As well as helping deliver Majid Al Futtaim Communities’ sustainability targets, replacing the site’s traditional diesel-powered system with the Solar Hybrid Power system brings a cost saving of over 56% against the usual yearly spend, it concluded.
In July 2022, the developers’ Waterfront City Business Park in Beirut was awarded LEED Gold certification.