Week In Middle East: Lulu Group Partners With SirajPower; EIGHTEEN And TAQA Power Signs A Deal For Energy Solutions, And More


Lulu Group Inks Its Major Green Milestone Project With SirajPower


Lulu Group, the region’s leading multinational retail conglomerate, announced its collaboration with SirajPower on a significant solar initiative aimed at achieving major green milestones. SirajPower, UAE’s leading distributed solar energy provider will design, build, fully finance, operate, and maintain a 1 MWp solar carport installation and 4 Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations for Lulu Group’s Dubai Silicon Central Hypermarket. The solar carport project covers 7,209 sqm and will produce 1.7 GWh of clean energy annually, offsetting more than 1,205 metric tons of CO2 emissions equivalent to nearly 20,000 tree seedlings grown for 10 years. Lulu Group’s brand-new Silicon Central boasts a GLA of 78,500 sqm of retail, F&B, cinemas, including a Lulu Hypermarket & department store spanning 16,800 sqm.


EIGHTEEN And TAQA Power Signs A Deal For Energy Solutions


EIGHTEEN, the luxury real estate project of twin cities, has signed an agreement with electricity giant TAQA Power, the power arm of TAQA Arabia for the electrification of the “EIGHTEEN project” and to put in place an effective distribution network to meet the developers’ needs with highly reliable & effective power solutions. EIGHTEEN is an exclusive joint real estate venture of Egypt-based Ora Developers, and Saif Group, and Kohistan Builders (KBD) of Pakistan. Located just 10 minutes from the New Islamabad International Airport, the grand project occupies a focal place in the twin cities. With an aim to connect sophistication with convenience, EIGHTEEN turns your dream of a lavish lifestyle into reality.

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Hitachi ABB Power Grids To Supply Step-Up Transformers To Al Dhafra Solar Project

Hitachi ABB Power Grids recently announced that it will supply large generator step-up (GSU) transformers, protection, and telecommunication systems to China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC), the EPC (Engineering, Procurement, and Construction) Contractor for the construction of the Al Dhafra PV2 Solar project in Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) is developing the plant along with Abu Dhabi’s Masdar, EDF Renewables, and Jinko Power. The project is located about 35 kilometers from Abu Dhabi city and will supply power to Emirates Water and Electricity Company. The Al Dhafra PV2 Solar project, consisting of approximately 3 million solar panels, will be the world’s largest single-site solar farm. With 2 gigawatts of power capacity, the farm will generate electricity for an estimated 160,000 homes across the UAE, contributing to the shift to sustainable renewable energy. The project is expected to be put into operation by November 2022.

Batelco Solar Park To Complete In October

Senior management from Batelco’s Network and Corporate Communications Divisions made a site visit to view the progress of Batelco’s Solar Park, which is currently being built in Ras Abu Jarjoor next to Batelco’s Satellite Earth Station and RJR Data Center. Construction on the Solar Park, which began in February 2021, is on target to be finished on schedule in October 2021. Once complete, the solar energy generated from the park will be used to power Batelco’s RJR Data Center. The Batelco Solar Park forms an important part of Batelco’s sustainability efforts and supports the company’s goal of becoming an eco-friendly corporation by producing clean energy to power its operations.

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BBK Launches Solar Panel Loan In Bahrain

BBK, Bahrain’s pioneer in retail and commercial banking, recently announced that it will be offering loans with lenient repayment terms to purchase solar panels, in cooperation with a number of accredited local Bahraini suppliers, at competitive rates. This initiative comes in line with the Bank’s social responsibility strategy that focuses on the Environment in the Kingdom of Bahrain, and in support of the national efforts to preserve and enhance the energy efficiency and increase the shift to renewable energy sources, and its commitment to support the sustainable development goals, with special emphasis on the 7th goal “clean energy at affordable prices” and the 13th goal “climate action”.

American Mission Hospital (AMH) Project Is 40% Complete In Bahrain

According to American Mission Hospital (AMH), 40% of the work on its eco-friendly solar power-run private hospital in Bahrain is now complete. The state-of-the-art BD25 million King Hamad American Mission Hospital in A’ali is expected to be commissioned in November next year. The hospital will become the first one to introduce robots with a hybrid operation system on a large scale. Around 3,000 solar panels will be installed on the hospital’s roof, and it is expected to generate 1MW of power to run the multi-specialty facility. This facility is designed and developed on futuristic digitalized platforms which aim at linking patients with the hospital 24×7 if needed. The first phase consists of a maternity and children’s hospital and the second a 100-bed multi-specialty hospital.

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Localization Of The PV Industry In KSA

Eng. Majid Al-Rifai, Group Chief Commercial Officer at the leading provider of renewable energy solutions Desert Technologies, confirmed that solar energy projects are at the forefront of renewable energy projects being established throughout the Kingdom in accordance with Vision 2030 and the initiatives that fall under it in the renewable energy sector. Embodying efforts to localize the renewable energy sector, promoting local content, and enabling the manufacture of solar energy production components locally. This will qualify the Kingdom to become a global center for Solar energy and its technologies during the next ten years, develop the Kingdom’s economy and adopt the latest innovations in it to confront the effects of climate change and mitigate global warming.

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