AD Ports Group and TotalEnergies explore solar opportunities

AdobeStock 359002997KEZAD Group announced an agreement with TotalEnergies Renewables Distributed Generation Middle East and Africa, to explore prospects to solarise assets across KEZAD’s industrial ecosystem

As part of its ambition to produce more energy with less emissions, TotalEnergies is now developing solar projects for I&C customers in the country. In the UAE, the company has around 100MW under development of business-to-business solar power.

KEZAD Group’s industrial ecosystem covers a total land area of 550 sq km including 100 sq km designated as Free Zones, and home to more than 1,750 investors, making it well-positioned to generate far-reaching benefits from TotalEnergies’ distributed solar solutions, which would enable the group to produce clean energy across its sites.

Under the agreement, each partner will contribute its best-in-class expertise and technologies to conduct a series of feasibility studies for distributed solar generation at KEZAD, covering economic, commercial, regulatory, and technical aspects. The agreement seeks to realise the full potential of solarisation across KEZAD Group’s built assets, which currently cover more than 400,000 sq m.

Mohamed Al Khadar Al Ahmed, chief executive officer of KEZAD Group, said, “At KEZAD Group, we are committed to developing world-class industrial infrastructure in line with the vision of our wise leadership, which today places solar energy at the centre of its energy transition strategy. Through our collaboration with TotalEnergies, we are keen to realise the complete potential of distributed solar generation across our integrated ecosystem at KEZAD Group, and to enhance the value proposition we can offer to our investors while supporting Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s sustainability goals.”

The agreement comes as Abu Dhabi accelerates its development of solar energy solutions to support the wider UAE net zero emissions by 2050 agenda. The emirate plans to install 5.6GW of solar PV capacity by 2026 and is currently developing the world’s largest solar plant with a capacity of 2GW in the Al Dhafra region.

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