Dubai: Nestlé has signed agreements with Yellow Door Energy , a leading provider of lease-to-own solar power solutions in Dubai, and ALEC Energy, a DEWA-approved solar contractor, to install solar photovoltaic panels that will provide renewable energy to its three manufacturing sites in Dubai. The agreement, witnessed by Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA  is expected to contribute to the reduction of 6000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually. The move is in accordance with Nestlé's commitment to the RE100 initiative, a global collaborative initiative of influential businesses committed to using 100% renewable energy.

It is also a part of DEWA’s Shams Dubai initiative, which encourages building owners to install photovoltaic solar panels and connect them to DEWA’s grid. The electricity is used on site and the surplus is exported to the network. DEWA launched Shams Dubai to support the Smart Dubai initiative launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai the smartest and happiest city in the world. “Yellow Door Energy helps companies like Nestlé leverage solar power through lease-to-own agreements, where we invest in, manage and operate the solar plant in order the maximize the energy generation and align with customers’ energy needs,” said Jeremy Crane, CEO of Yellow Door Energy.

Once fully operational, the solar power plants are expected to produce 30,000-kilowatt hours of electricity daily, which would contribute to the reduction of 6000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually. That's the equivalent of eliminating the carbon emissions of over 1,500 passenger cars for a year or the energy consumption of 800 homes annually. The project was awarded based on market reputation, quality, health and safety, environmental sustainability, supplier network, and corporate business principles.

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