Subsidiaries of Abu Dhabi Ports Group and TotalEnergies have today agreed to explore distributed solar PV opportunities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Khalifa Economic Zones Abu Dhabi (KEZAD) – a subsidiary of AD Ports Group – has signed a deal with TotalEnergies Renewables Distributed Generation, a provider and developer of commercial and industrial (C&I) solar PV projects to develop and -installation of PV throughout the KEZAD Group’s industrial ecosystem. .
The CEO of KEZAD Group, Mohamed Al Khadar Al Ahmed said: “At KEZAD Group, we are committed to developing world-class industrial infrastructure in line with the vision of our wise leadership, which now places solar energy at the center of its energy transition strategy.
KEZAD Group’s assets cover 550 square kilometers, 100 kilometers of which are designated ‘Free Zones’, areas of land designated for foreign industrial investment. Earlier this year, the Khalifa Industrial Zone announced an 800MW PV installation to power a green hydrogen and ammonia facility.
Hamady Sy, managing director of TotalEnergies Renewables Distributed Generation Middle East and Africa, said: “We are delighted to partner with KEZAD and AD Ports Group as this agreement is a stepping stone for many future opportunities. As a global multi-energy company, our goal is to contribute to the development of renewables in the UAE.
TotalEnergies currently has about 100MW of solar PV capacity under development in the UAE.
The country is currently building what will be the world’s ‘largest’ solar PV installation, the Mohammad Bin Rashid solar park named after the Dubai leader.
“Through our collaboration with TotalEnergies, we want to realize the full potential of distributed solar generation in our integrated ecosystem with the KEZAD Group, and to improve the value proposition we can offer to our investors while supporting Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s sustainability goals,” Al Ahmed said.
Earlier this month, the UAE and the US announced a US$100 billion partnership to stimulate global investment in renewable energy sources. The country has committed to the international 2050 net zero plan.
Last October, TotalEnergies announced the inauguration of an 800MW PV project in Qatar as it builds towards its target of 100GW of renewables by 2030.