Dubai, UAE – March 9 , 2023: Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping malls, communities, retail, and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, has signed a 36-megawatt master services agreement (“MSA”) with Yellow Door Energy, the leading sustainable energy partner for businesses in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, to provide solar power to its GCC portfolio of shopping malls.
In line with Majid Al Futtaim’s Net Positive Strategy, the partnership with Yellow Door will bring clean electricity to 18 shopping malls located across the UAE, Bahrain, and Oman and contribute to Net Zero emissions targets in the regions. Through the installation of both new solar power plants and acquisitions of existing plants, the project is expected to produce over 55 million kilowatt-hours of clean electricity within the first year of operation, equivalent to reducing carbon emissions by 39 million kilograms.
As the first company in the region to adopt a Net Positive sustainability strategy, Majid Al Futtaim is implementing operational changes and green initiatives that will enable it to put more back into the environment than it takes out, resulting in a positive corporate footprint by 2040.
Khalifa Bin Braik, CEO of Majid Al Futtaim – Asset Management, said: “The solar partnership with Yellow Door Energy will help Majid Al Futtaim lower energy costs and spearhead the sustainable energy transition, in line our Net Positive strategy and the objectives of COP28. This enables us to be more efficient, competitive, and resilient in the face of climate change and business volatility. Together with Yellow Door Energy, we raise the bar for modern, regenerative retail to create the ultimate mall of the future.”
Rory McCarthy, Chief Operating Officer of Yellow Door Energy, said: “Congratulations to Maijd Al Futtaim on its continued leadership towards its Net Positive Strategy. Yellow Door Energy is honoured to strengthen our partnership with Majid Al Futtaim and bring solar power to 18 shopping malls across three countries. As the largest provider of distributed energy in the region, we look forward to completing the solar plants and to providing affordable, reliable, and clean electricity for Majid Al Futtaim’s portfolio for many years to come.”
As the appointed solar power developer, Yellow Door Energy is responsible for financing, designing, building, commissioning, operating, and maintaining the solar plant for the duration of the agreement. The agreement’s framework enables businesses to reduce their energy costs without any upfront investment or operational risk, while maintaining focus on their core business and enjoying the benefits of clean energy.
Yellow Door Energy recently announced its successful completion of a $400 million USD capital raise to continue developing sustainable energy projects in the Middle East, Africa and beyond. By working with Yellow Door Energy, leading businesses can reduce their energy costs without any upfront investment, operational risk or expense, while maintaining focus on their core business and enjoying the benefits of clean, affordable energy.