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2023.12.05 Aggreko

SailGP partners with Aggreko to implement temporary solar power

Aggreko will provide a mix of technologies including solar, battery and B100 biofuel as the main sources of energy for the event, enabling nearly 10,680L of fossil fuel savings-

As SailGP, the world’s most exciting racing on water takes place during the COP28 climate conference in Dubai, the thrilling sporting event will showcase the largest use of temporary solar power in its history in line with the global conference’s call for sustainability.

The Emirates Dubai Sail Grand Prix presented by P&O Marinas which will take place in Mina Rashid from December 9-10, will highlight SailGP’s commitment to climate action with the first of many ‘Race For The Future’ takeovers, showing how global sporting events can be run more sustainably and how sport can use its voice for good.

Together with Aggreko, the world-leading provider of mobile modular power, SailGP will have the largest temporary solar array Aggreko has ever installed at an event, as vast as six basketball courts. The event will be powered by 100% clean energy on shore, saving a massive 64 tonnes of carbon.

Aggreko will use solar, battery and biofuel as the main sources of energy for the event, enabling nearly 10,680L of fossil fuel savings.

David de Behr, Head of Sales at Aggreko Event Services, says: “As global leaders gather in Dubai for the largest climate conference in the world, it is a perfect match that SailGP, a sporting event that has diligently campaigned for sustainability in sports, is held at the same time. This is the third year of our partnership with SailGP and its commitment to climate action is in line with our passion for temporary clean energy solutions. We are proud to work with SailGP again to power the Emirates Dubai Sail Grand Prix presented by P&O Marinas and raise the bar on sporting events and climate action. With the combination of solar and battery power allied with B100 biofuel, the event will be powered by sustainable energy solutions.

Multiple SailGP facilities will be run on temporary solar power from Aggreko’s modular solar plant with an output of 264kW.

SailGP Chief Purpose Officer Fiona Morgan said: We have pushed our event sustainability operations like never before in Dubai. One of the most exciting activations is undoubtedly the unveiling of the largest temporary solar array ever used at a SailGP event, which couldn’t be achieved without our fantastic, innovative partnership with Aggreko. We want to collaborate with like-minded brands and sports to galvanize collaboration and utilize the power of partnerships to make a real difference to the world. Sport needs to think differently and embed sustainable action into its DNA. We’re all in a Race For The Future and we need to act now, as there is no planet B.”

SailGP will deliver a Race For the Future takeover and use the color yellow – which symbolizes hope and optimism – to highlight the issue and solutions across its channels. The takeover will showcase how the league is racing for impact, innovation, inclusivity and clean energy solutions.