Dubai Sports City has signed a long-term agreement with Bahri & Mazroei Trading Company (BMTC) for the provision and oversight of solar-powered street lighting.

Under the terms of the deal, BMTC will use its Solar Street Lighting system, along with smart controls, to perform remote monitoring and data analytics in a bid to drive greater operational efficiency within the city.

The project will involve the replacement of Dubai Sports City’s existing street lighting, the design of uniform lighting levels, and the addition of new poles. It will also cover the supply, installation, commissioning, and maintenance of light-emitting diode (LED) luminaries, solar panels, and controls.

The deal aims to reduce dependence on conventional, energy-intensive street lighting solutions. BMTC will provide Dubai Sports City with a system powered exclusively by solar power.

Commenting on the partnership, Abdul Rahman Falaknaz, manager and partner of Dubai Sports City, said: “The partnership between Dubai Sports City and BMTC is a landmark achievement, which aligns with Dubai government’s directive to encourage greener communities which, in the long run, are self-sustainable.”

Esam Al Mazroei, vice chairman of BMTC’s parent company, Bahri & Mazroei Group, added: “We are delighted to partner with Dubai Sports City for such a prestigious, and first-of-its-kind, model project that serves to be a testimony to BMTC’s capabilities in delivering renewable energy street lighting.

“Recognised by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), our LED lighting and solar street lighting solutions will meet Dubai Sports City’s goals for energy-efficient and environmentally friendly lighting.”

The contract between Dubai Sports City and BMTC is based on the energy service company (ESCO) model, which involves long-term financing with savings-based payback.

In conjunction with outdoor luminary provider, Schréder, BMTC is scheduled to commence work on the programme in the first week of June 2017.

Kevin J Brennan, Dubai Sports City’s general manager of facilities, said: “This is a major step forward in the Dubai Sports City strategy to be self-sustaining as far as is possible. It has taken a huge effort from both teams to reach this green energy solution. The installation of solar street lights will also reduce our carbon footprint, and save money for the city.

“We are now looking at significantly extending our use of solar power within the city to further our self-sustaining strategy and deliver cost-effective smart energy solutions to our residents.”

The agreement follows a comprehensive BMTC study of Dubai Sports City’s existing road network.

As part of the new project, stakeholders will replace the diesel generators currently being used to power streetlights, helping to reduce emissions, noise, and air pollution.