Energy & Sustainability

October 2, 2019,   12:48 PM

The UAE’s Largest Ground-Mounted Private Solar Plant Is Here

Jamila Gandhi


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Nestlé Purina PetCare factory, USA. Image credit: Flickr

The U.A.E.’s largest ground-mounted private solar plant has been launched at Nestlé Middle East’s Al Maha factory in Dubai.

The inauguration took place in the presence of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) Managing Director and CEO Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer and Yves Manghardt, Nestlé Middle East Chairman and CEO.

As part of Nestlé’s commitment to acting on climate change and safeguarding the environment, the newly installed solar plant is part of DEWA’s Shams initiative, which encourages building owners to install photovoltaic (PV) panels and connect them to DEWA’s grid. The plant entails embedding nearly 28,000 PV panels at the food processing giant’s three manufacturing sites.

This will help generate 10GWh of electricity per year – eliminating at least six million kilograms of CO2 emissions annually – the equivalent of annual emission from 1,500 passenger cars, or the energy consumption of 800 homes. The largest site at Al Maha will alone house 20,000 PV panels, generating 7.2GWh of electricity and eliminating 4.5 million kilograms of CO2 per year. The $144 million Al Maha factory was opened in 2017 and produces coffee and culinary products. The company produces zero waste for disposal at its food manufacturing sites in the region.

“The solar plant in Dubai is an important contribution to Nestlé’s global ambition to achieve zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. We are embracing the most ambitious aim of the Paris Agreement to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius”, shared Marco Settembri, Executive Vice President of Nestlé S.A. and CEO of Zone, Europe and MENA. The Paris Agreement holds the signatories accountable for dealing with greenhouse-gas-emissions mitigation, adaptation, and finance.

Nestlé Middle East has achieved a 42% reduction in water withdrawal per ton of product since 2010, a 34% decrease in energy consumption, and a 28% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions per tonne of product, while its production went up by 68%. Currently, a third of Nestlé’s 413 factories across the globe are already using 100% renewable electricity.

The Swiss-headquartered firm also announced today the closing of the sale of Nestlé Skin Health to a consortium led by a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and EQT, at a value of $10.2 billion.

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