Masdar to install rooftop PV systems at Khazna

Masdar RoofThe signing ceremony of the agreement. (Image source: Masdar)Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar), a subsidiary of the Mubadala Investment Company (Mubadala), has announced to install a 290KW solar photovoltaic (PV) system to serve the facility of Khazna Data Centres in Masdar City

Under the terms of the agreement, Masdar’s Energy Services unit will install a solar PV system on the car park roof at Khazna’s Masdar City facility. The project will serve as a pilot for additional sustainable initiatives at both Khazna facilities in the future.

Khaled Al Qubaisi, CEO for Mubadala Aerospace, renewables and ICT, who oversees both Masdar and Khazna, said, “The UAE is committed to building a sustainable nation of the future, and pursuing bold ambitions, aiming to achieve 27 per cent clean energy over the next three years as part of the UAE 2021 Vision.”

“This project between Masdar and Khazna is another step forward for our sustainability plans, with more projects like this to come in future,” he added.

Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of Masdar, said, “This partnership is an example of the synergy between Mubadala’s subsidiaries and capitalises on Masdar’s holistic expertise in renewable energy. It also shows our commitment to helping the tenants of Masdar City access the commercial benefits of clean technology by reducing their utility bills.”

Highlighting how this agreement fits into the long-term strategy of his company, Hassan Al Naqbi, CEO of Khazna, added, “Data centres have significant power consumption needs and this new initiative represents a first step in Khazna’s long-term strategy of becoming a greener, sustainable facility. Not only will this support our environmental priorities and commitment to social responsibility in Abu Dhabi, it also makes commercial sense for our company and our end users, by increasing energy efficiency and lowering costs.”

Khazna, the only dedicated commercial wholesale data centre provider in the UAE, aims to safeguard mission-critical data using the highest levels of security and operational reliability. They also provide power supply and cooling services to better serve the growing need for data centre operations in the UAE and wider region.

The Masdar City data centre is designed to be 40 per cent more energy efficient than a typical data centre in the UAE. The new facilities is expected to target a Pearl 3 rating as per the Estidama system, the Abu Dhabi’s Department of Urban Planning And Municipalities’ green building code.

The total generating capacity of the renewable energy projects in which Masdar is developing and investing globally is around three gigawatts.

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