In an effort to reduce its carbon footprint and support the company's core value of sustainability, the Caterpillar facility in Dubai recently installed 1200 microgrid solar panels. This hybrid photovoltaic installation should produce 237 megawatt hours of clean energy annually for the next 25 years — generating much of the facility's energy needs over that time period.
Energy produced during the day either will be stored and consumed by the facility or fed to the government-owned utility grid through a bidirectional meter. In times of high power consumption, the Caterpillar facility will source its additional energy needs from the grid. When power consumption is light, the facility's solar-generated power will supplement the city's grid, reducing energy costs.
Caterpillar worked closely with local Cat dealer Al Bahar to leverage technologies best suited for the Dubai facility, including:
As the region continues to move toward more sustainable energy practices, including solar energy, the Dubai facility should serve as an ideal site for regional microgrid training. Located just meters away, Caterpillar's Dubai Learning Center can conduct hands-on training in installing and servicing Cat solar modules.
Situated in a region that enjoys 365 days of sun each year, Caterpillar's Dubai facility is well-positioned to take advantage of its position in the middle of the global sunbelt. The new solar installation is an investment in tomorrow, well in line with Dubai's goal to generate 75 percent of the city's electricity usage from clean energy.