Utico has announced it is partnering with Yellow Door Energy (YDE) to develop a “first-of-its-kind” solar plant in Umm Al Quwain in the Northern Emirates.
At an MoU signing ceremony at the recently concluded 25th Water, Energy, Technology, and Environment (WETEX) and Dubai Solar Show (DSS) exhibition, Utico and YDE outlined that the solar plant and battery energy storage system (BESS) will generate 4,700 megawatt-hours of clean energy annually.
The hybrid Umm Al Quwain plant will supply green energy to run Utico’s pumping station in Umm Al Quwain, with the solar deployment within the Utico pump station premises.
“For Utico, this is a significant step in our journey towards being carbon neutral and support the UAE’s strategic goals of sustainability and Net Zero by 2050 target. The project, a first in the Umm Al Quwain, will help Utico enhance diversification of its energy mix for utilization in our operations,” commented Hussain Al Lawati, Group CEO, Utico.
The Utico-YDE solar plant, it shared, will remove 82,000 metric tons of CO2e from the environment during the system lifetime.
Rory McCarthy, Chief Operating Officer of Yellow Door Energy, said: “As the leading sustainable energy partner for businesses in the region, Yellow Door Energy is honored to support Utico on its sustainability journey. The solar and battery energy storage system (BESS) project showcases our company’s commitment to helping businesses decarbonize their operations, save money and become more resilient. Ahead of COP28 and in line with the UAE Net Zero by 2050 target, we are proud to be here today to congratulate Utico and its leadership on this important sustainability milestone.”
Yellow Door Energy, the project developer, is responsible for financing, designing, building, commissioning, operating and maintaining the solar plant and the hybrid system integration.