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MAF, YDE to develop solar plant at Bahrain Mall

Spanning over 40,000 square meters, the rooftop solar plant is

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Majid Al Futtaim has signed a 6.2 megawattpe­ak solar power purchase agreement (PPA) with Dubai headquarte­red Yellow Door Energy for a solar plant at The Bahrain Mall.

Yellow Door Energy is the leading solar developer for commercial and industrial businesses in the Middle East and South Asia.

The agreement will bring clean energy to The Bahrain Mall, operated by Carrefour Bahrain, and will be the largest private solar plant in Bahrain. Spanning over 40,000 square meters, the rooftop solar plant is expected to generate 10 million kilowatt-hours of clean energy in its first year of operation, equivalent to reducing carbon emissions by 6,300 tonnes.

Over 11,600 solar panels will be installed to meet 50% of the shopping mall’s energy consumptio­n needs.

The signing of these agreements comes as a result of the cooperativ­e efforts between the Sustainabl­e Energy Authority and the private sector.

The project constitute­s an important shift in the provision of energy to major commercial projects, as this is one of the largest private sector projects to install solar energy systems on a commercial building to-date.

Hani Weiss, CEO of Majid Al Futtaim Retail, said: “The Kingdom of Bahrain, like other Gulf countries, has made clear its sustainabl­e vision for the future, with the Bahrain Economic Vision 2030 setting a national renewable energy target of five per cent by 2025 and ten per cent by 2035. These ambitions require the support of the private sector, and that’s why Majid Al Futtaim and Yellow Door Energy have partnered to bring clean energy to The Bahrain Mall. ”

Jerome Akel, Country Manager of Carrefour Bahrain at Majid Al Futtaim Retail, said: “This agreement with Yellow Door Energy enables us to save cost, reduce carbon emissions and take a step closer to our Net Positive Strategy.”

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