Dubai-based retail conglomerate Apparel Group has launched its solar plant at its warehouse facilities in partnership with SirajPower.
Apparel Group chairman Nilesh Ved attended the opening along with senior leadership from SirajPower including the firm’s chairman Mohammed Abdulghaffar Hussain, and its CEO Laurent Longuet.
The 2 MWp solar plants installed at two of Apparel Group’s warehouses in Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA) are expected to cover more than 55% of the company’s electricity consumption, saving 2,121 metric tons of CO2 during the first year of operation.
The annual savings with this initiative would be equivalent to taking 450 cars off the roads and is part of Apparel Group’s CSR initiative towards sustainability for a better tomorrow.
Ved said: “From small initiatives like reduction of paper and plastic to our partnership with SirajPower, we have always challenged ourselves to operate in a more sustainable way whilst also making consistent energy savings to create a greener footprint. Our partnership with SirajPower will benefit [the UAE’s renewable energy ambitions] because of their extensive experience in renewable energy and the benefits they provide to our operations.”
SirajPower has already inked several agreements within the last few years with prominent UAE businesses. To date, it has secured 50MWp leasing scheme across the UAE, including the installation, financing and operation of the two Apparel's warehouses PV systems.
Longuet added: “Six months after the signing of our deal with Apparel Group, the PV systems we installed is up and running, and already making a green impact on their operations. The private sector can play an important role to support the UAE Energy Strategy 2050, and help it achieving an energy mix that combines renewable and clean energy sources to balance economic requirements and environmental goals.”
SirajPower is already in negotiations for other projects with total capacity of approximately 100 MWp.