Apparel Group, one of the United Arab Emirates’ largest retailers, has announced the launch of a solar plant at its warehouse facilities in partnership with Siraj Power. The two MWp (Megawatt Power) solar plants installed at two Apparel Group warehouses in the Jebel Ali Free Zone are expected to provide more than 55 per cent of the company’s electricity consumption, saving 2,121 metric tonnes of CO2 during the first year of operation. It is claimed the annual savings achieved with this initiative could be equivalent to taking 450 cars off the roads and forms part of Apparel Group’s CSR and sustainability work.

Nilesh Ved, Apparel Group Chairman said, “Inspired by the UAE’s leadership’s direction for the adoption of innovative solutions to protect the environment for current and future generations, our partnership with Siraj Power will benefit because of their extensive experience in renewable energy and the benefits they provide to our operations.”

Apparel Group has also established an automated distribution centre to support omni-channel distribution. The building is designed according to LEED Green Building guidelines, in order to comply with the company’s ongoing work towards more sustainable operations.

Laurent Longuet, CEO of Siraj Power, noted, “The private sector can play an important role to support the UAE Energy Strategy 2050, and help it achieving an energy mix that combines renewable and clean energy sources to balance economic requirements and environmental goals. We hope that our successful partnership with Apparel can be a catalyst for other actors in the private sector to embrace solar energy and join our journey to a cleaner UAE.”