Solar PV panel manufacturing facility opens in Dubai's Jafza

Solar PV panel manufacturing facility opens in Dubai's Jafza
Maysun Solar has developed Jafza's first solar PV panel manufacturing facility [image: Dubai Media Office].
Published: 2 January 2018 - 8 a.m.
By: Neha Bhatia

Jebel Ali Free Zone's (Jafza) first solar photovoltaic (PV) panel manufacturing facility has been unveiled. 

Maysun Solar, which currently manufactures 5,000 solar panels per month, with the capacity to generate 40 megawatts (MW) of energy, has established the facility. 

The launch follows the solar project being carried out at Jafza and Mina Rashid Port by operator DP World, which involves the installation of 88,000 rooftop solar panels to reduce carbon emissions.

Maysun Solar's plans include raising its production capacity to 200MW over the next three years. 

The company manufactures and exports from the UAE, with 30% of its orders coming from European markets, and 10% from the Saudi Arabian market. 

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has accredited Maysun Solar as a certified supplier of solar panels. 

Commenting on Maysun Solar's manufacturing facility, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, group chairman and chief executive officer of DP World, said: "This project represents another step towards transforming this vision into reality and integrating with the DP World Solar Programme, the largest and most ambitious rooftop solar energy project in the Middle East." 

Sai Xuezhao, general manager of Maysun Solar, added: "We intend to transfer all our operations and investments to Jafza over the coming years, raising [our] investment in Dubai from $5m (AED18.3m) to $10m (AED36.7m), as we are currently running at full capacity and have orders in hand for production up to November this year." 

Xuezhao said that permissions granted to Dubai's individuals and companies to use solar panels for energy production and electricity-bill reduction has buoyed the emirate's solar panel sector.

"The move will stimulate cities and countries within the region to follow the example of Dubai in the exploitation of solar energy," he added, according to Dubai Media Office.

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