Hutchison Ports BEST terminal has installed 1,832 solar panels on almost half a hectare of its buildings.
This is an auto-supply installation capable of generating 1.18 Gigawatts/hour of electricity, equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of about 200 homes.
The installed power is almost 1 Megawatt/hour (833.56 Kilowatt hours).
Solar Profit will oversee the installation process.
“These efforts contribute to further reducing the terminal’s carbon footprint, with BEST’s emissions being 65 per cent lower than conventional manual terminals,” said Estefanía Soler, Head of Sustainability at BEST.
BEST is one of the most sustainable terminals in the Mediterranean, with an operation model based on semi-automation and the use of mostly electric cranes.
This solar panel initiative is part of BEST’s sustainability strategy and reinforces its commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 7 of the 2030 Agenda on “Affordable and Clean Energy”.
BEST was inaugurated 10 years ago and is a benchmark in terms of sustainability within the terminals of the Hutchison Ports group, which operates 52 terminals in 26 countries.
In September, Hutchison Ports inaugurated the Port of Jazan City for Primary and Downstream Industries (JCPDI) in cooperation with Prince Mohammed bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz, the Governor of Jazan Region.
The total existing investments at JCPDI sum to about SAR88 billion ($23 billion), although the city still under construction.