Utico inks MoU with YDE for new solar plant in UAE

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Utico & Yellow Door Energy sign MoU
Officials during the signing ceremony.

UAE’s only private utility provider, Utico, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with leading sustainable energy developer, Yellow Door Energy (YDE), in order to develop a first-of-its-kind solar plant in Umm Al Quwain in the Northern Emirates.

Utico and YDE said 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. The solar deployment will be within the Utico pump station premises.

Rory McCarthy
Rory McCarthy
CCO – Yellow Door Energy

“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.”

“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,” stated Mr. Hussain Al Lawati, Group CEO of Utico.

Significantly, the Utico-YDE solar plant will remove 82,000 metric tons of CO2e from the environment during the system’s lifetime, complementing the carbon-neutral strategy of the UAE and global climate change mitigation endeavors, as per the statement.

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