Swiss foods giant Nestlé is set to install 7 MW of rooftop solar PV capacity at three manufacturing facilities in the UAE.

The company has signed a lease-to-own agreement with Dubai-headquartered distributed solar and energy efficiency firm Yellow Door Energy, which will fund, manage and operate the solar plants.

Contractor ALEC Energy will install the solar arrays at Nestlé Middle East Manufacturing in Dubai South, Nestlé Dubai Manufacturing and the Nestlé Waters factory at Dubai’s National Industries Park.

The three systems are planned to come online before the end of next year, and together are expected to produce 30 MWh per day as well as saving 6000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.  

The project will be developed under the rubric of Dubai Energy and Water Authority (DEWA)’s Shams Dubai initiative, which aims to promote the uptake of on-site PV systems.  

Nestlé said the move supports its commitments under climate organization The Climate Group’s RE100 initiative, which promotes the use of renewables by global corporations.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, DEWA CEO and managing director, said his firm “value[s] the efforts of Nestlé to promote Dubai’s position as a leading city in the development of renewable and alternative energy, and the company’s commitment to achieve sustainability, reduce carbon emissions, and protect the environment and natural resources to ensure a brighter future for generations to come.”