In a move towards fulfilling its commitment to sustainable business practices, Nissan Middle East has an ambitious plans to install a new solar energy system at the company’s regional headquarters in Jebal Ali, Dubai.
To this end, an agreement is signed between Nissan Middle East and ENGIE Solutions GCC, a low-carbon energy firm. As per the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), ENGIE will manage the design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of the solar energy system for a period of 15-years. Once the contract term is completed, ownership and maintenance of the system will move to Nissan Middle East.
The new solar project will be spread over 3,000 sq.mts. and in line with Nissan’s global sustainability goals, it is estimated to supply clean energy that will contribute around 30 percent to the company’s power requirements for its Jebel Ali operations.
The installation is scheduled to begin later this year. It is expected that the solar PV system is expected to give over 700,000 KWh of clean energy to the company’s operations at its Jebel Ali facility yearly, which is equivalent to offsetting 333 tons of CO2 emissions.
The MOU was signed last month by Thierry Sabbagh, President of Nissan Saudi Arabia and INFINITI Middle East and Managing Director for Nissan Middle East, and Ian Harfield, Managing Director of ENGIE Solutions GCC.
Thierry Sabbagh, President, Nissan Saudi Arabia, INFINITI Middle East and Managing Director, Nissan Middle East, said: “This project marks a monumental moment for Nissan in the region, as we take a significant step towards a sustainable energy transition in line with the UAE’s commitment to a carbon-neutral future. It also strengthens the brand’s trusted partnership with ENGIE Solutions, following years of collaboration on energy decarbonisation projects across Europe. As we embark on this joint venture, we look forward to accelerating the momentum towards our environmental goals in line with Nissan’s global sustainability ambitions.”Nis
Ian Harfield, Managing Director of ENGIE Energy Solutions GCC, said, ” We are thrilled to partner with Nissan Middle East on this landmark project. With our innovative deployment methods that eliminate the technical and financial barriers that held back much broader implementation, we are allowing more organizations to pursue energy decarbonisation projects. We will continue to work with Nissan across the region and globally on similar initiatives that will serve as a model for a decarbonised commercial sector.”
The present project by ENGIE Solutions GCC comes under the Shams Dubai smart initiative, launched by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) to connect solar energy to buildings, as part of its Distributed Renewable Resources Generation program.