ENOC predicts that 23 GWh of solar energy will be generated to power its new stations by 2020
The opening of five new ENOC service stations in Dubai has expanded its network to 122 stations throughout the country as it works towards increasing its fuel retail presence by 40 percent by 2020, the company announced on Sunday.
The new stations – all solar powered – are located in Hatta, Oud Muteena, two stations on the Dubai-Al Ain Road and one in the City of Arabia, which the company said were designed to serve newly established residential communities and remote locations.
“We successfully opened eight service stations this year, and as the official integrated energy partner for Expo 2020, we are on track to expand our service station network by 40 percent by 2020, to accommodate the anticipated 25 million visitors for Expo 2020,” said ENOC Group CEO Saif Humaid Al Falasi.
The five most recently opened service stations are built in compliance with Dubai Municipality’s ‘green build’ regulations, with the excess power generated from the solar PV panels installed at the roof of the canopy at each station transmitted to the main DEWA grid.
The solar panels have the capacity to generate an average of 120 Kilowatt per hour (kWh) on an ideal day, approximately 30 percent more than the average energy required to run a station.
Additionally, all five stations will include electric vehicle charging stations operated by DEWA as well as a ZOOM convenience store, Pronto, a variety of F&B offerings and AutoPro.
According to ENOC, more than 23 GWh of solar energy will be generated to power new stations by 2020. It currently has six solar power service stations.