Nestlé opens ground-mounted private solar plant in Dubai

NestleNestlé Middle East has launched the UAE’s largest ground-mounted private solar plant at its Al Maha factory in Dubai

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), and Yves Manghardt, Nestlé Middle East chairman and CEO, have inaugurated the solar plant with 28,000 photovoltaic (PV) panels at the factory.

The plant at the company’s three manufacturing sites will generate 10GWh of electricity per year – eliminating at least six million kilograms of CO2 emissions annually, the equivalent of annual emissions 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 solar plant is part of DEWA’s Shams initiative, which encourages building owners to install PV panels and connects them to DEWA’s grid.

This is a real example of the positive effect of collaboration between the public and private sectors in renewable and clean energy, which will have a positive net effect on the environment as a whole locally and internationally, said Al Tayer.

The solar plant in Dubai is an important contribution to Nestlé’s global ambition to achieve zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, said Marco Settembri, executive vice-president Nestlé SA and CEO Zone Europe, Middle East and North Africa.

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