Nestlé has signed agreements with Dubai’s Yellow Door Energy, and ALEC Energy, a DEWA-approved solar contractor, to install solar photovoltaic panels that will provide renewable energy to three manufacturing sites in Dubai.
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, said, “We value the efforts of Nestlé to promote Dubai’s position as a leading city in the development of renewable and alternative energy, and the company’s commitment to achieve sustainability, reduce carbon emissions, and protect the environment and natural resources to ensure a brighter future for generations to come.”
The move is in accordance with Nestlé's commitment to the RE100 initiative, a global collaborative initiative of businesses committed to using 100% renewable energy. It is also a part of DEWA’s Shams Dubai initiative, which encourages building owners to install photovoltaic solar panels and connect them to DEWA’s grid. The electricity is used onsite and the surplus is exported to the network.
The contracts are to install, operate and maintain a total of over 7MW of solar power at Nestlé Middle East Manufacturing in Dubai South, Nestlé Dubai Manufacturing, and the Nestlé Waters factory at National Industries Park.
“Yellow Door Energy helps companies like Nestlé leverage solar power through lease-to-own agreements, where we invest in, manage and operate the solar plant in order the maximize the energy generation and align with customers’ energy needs,” said Jeremy Crane, CEO of Yellow Door Energy.
Once fully-operational, the solar power plants are expected to produce 30,000 kilowatt hours of electricity daily, which would contribute to the reduction of 6000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.