Emerge, a joint venture between the UAE’s Masdar and France’s EDF, has signed an agreement with Coca-Cola Al Ahlia Beverages, the soft drink brand’s bottler and distributor in the UAE, to develop a 1.8 megawatt (MWp) solar photovoltaic (PV) plant for its Al Ain facility.
The commercial & industrial (C&I) project, located at the Coca-Cola Al Ahlia Beverages facility in Al Ain, will be a combination of ground-mounted, rooftop, and car park installations.
As per the deal, Emerge will provide a full turnkey solution for the 1.8-megawatt peak (MWp) project, including the design, procurement, and construction, as well as operation and maintenance of the plant for 25 years.
The agreement was signed by Mohamed Akeel, Chief Executive Officer, Coca-Cola Al Ahlia Beverages and Michel Abi Saab, General Manager, Emerge, at the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) which took place from January 14-19 in the UAE capital.
Abi Saab pointed out that Emerge was increasing its C&I footprint in the UAE through its collaboration with reputed companies such as Coca-Cola Al Ahlia Beverage.
According to Michel Abi Saab, General Manager of Emerge,
“Emerge is pleased to be increasing its C&I footprint in the UAE with our collaboration with such a reputed company. We are confident the 1.8 MWp solar PV plant we will build, operate and maintain for Coca-Cola Al Ahlia Beverages – like the facilities we are building for our other partners Miral, Khazna Data Centers, and Al Dahra Food Industries – will provide stable and clean energy for its Al Ain facility for decades to come.”
Mohamed Akeel, Chief Executive Officer of Coca-Cola Al Ahlia Beverages said:
“This is a significant milestone for us as we continue to drive and embrace innovation in every part of our business while reducing our carbon footprint. Our agreement with Emerge will allow us to reach yet another sustainability milestone – a big aspect of which is the integration of more renewable energy into our operations.”