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Emerge, a joint venture of Masdar and EDF and Al Dahra (one of the largest integrated agricultural businesses in the Middle East), has announced a strategic partnership for the development of a rooftop solar photovoltaic installation at Al Dahra Food Industry, Khalifa Industrial Zone Facility Abu Dhabi. (KIZAD).
Al Dahra will install the rooftop solar system at KIZAD’s rice processing plant. It will generate approximately 45% of Al Dahra’s annual energy needs. Emerge will be providing a complete turnkey solution to the 1.2-megawatt peak project (MWp), including design, procurement, construction, operation, and maintenance. The project will be fully operational by next year.
Al Dahra is conscious of the environmental impact it has on the environment. Gianluca Fabri, Al Dahra Group’s Acting Chief Executive Officer, stated that this project and solar energy are good examples of our efforts to reduce carbon emissions. Al Dahra’s vision aligns with our goal to provide the best food and goods for our community through our agricultural expertise and partnerships with international and national companies.
Al Dahra’s partnership with us is an important strategic decision for the United Arab Emirates. It supports their goal to reduce their energy consumption. As we support the UAE’s efforts in increasing availability, accessibility, affordability, and quality of food, we look forward to drawing on our vast energy services expertise,” stated Michel Abi Saab (General Manager, Emerge).
Al Dahra is an innovator in innovative farming around the globe. The country will benefit from the strategic partnership with Emerge to improve its food security strategy. This includes assisting in sustainable agriculture practices and supplementing electricity demand.
According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), REmap 2030, a report on the UAE’s renewable energy prospects stated that rooftop solar PV could provide up to 6% of total power generation in the UAE by 2030.