| 02 January, 2018

Dubai's Jebel Ali Free Zone to house PV solar panel maker

Maysun Solar will set up manufacturing facility in free zone

Photo used for illustrative purposes.

Photo used for illustrative purposes.

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Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) has welcomed Maysun Solar, the first photovoltaic panel producer to set up a manufacturing facility in the free zone.

Maysun Solar currently manufactures 5,000 solar panels a month with a capacity to generate 40 megawatts of electricity.

The launch follows DP World's ongoing solar energy project in Jafza and Mina Rashid Port involving the installation of 88,000 rooftop solar panels as part of its efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, group chairman and CEO, DP World, said this project integrates with the DP World solar programme, the largest and most ambitious roof-top solar energy project in the Middle East.

"DP World fully supports the Shams Dubai initiative to promote the use of clean and renewable energy sources, and our solar programme is in line with the Dubai Integrated Energy 2030 and Dubai Clean Energy 2050 initiatives, as well as with the UAE Vision 2021 and the Dubai 2021 Plan," bin Sulayem said.

Maysun Solar plans to raise production capacity to 200 megawatts over the next three years.

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

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