Imerys Al Zayani Bahrain, Yellow Door Energy and Midal Solar have partnered to reduce carbon emissions through a 4.7-megawatt solar project.

Imerys, the world leader in mineral-based speciality solutions for industry, is partnering with Yellow Door Energy, the leading sustainable provider for businesses in the Middle East and Pakistan, to install more than 8,500 solar panels at its white fused alumina production plant in Bahrain, which is operated alongside Bahraini partner Al Zayani Industries.

Covering an area of 25,000sq/m, the solar plant will be connected to Imerys Al Zayani’s internal distribution network with a capacity of 4,677kWp, generating 7,600 megawatt-hours of clean electricity in the first year of operation. This will bring significant cost savings and reduce carbon emissions, in particular the carbon footprint of the white fused alumina produced in Bahrain, contributing to Bahrain’s Net Zero by 2060 Initiative.

Imerys aims to extract and transform minerals responsibly and sustainably over the long-term. Through its SustainAgility programme, the company is committed to reducing carbon emissions by 36% by 2030, in line with the Paris Agreement.

“Our systematic approach to combatting climate change permeates all aspects of our business, from the energy we buy and the processes we use, to our supply chain and products,” says Philippe Bourg, Imerys Refractory, Abrasives & Construction SVP. “This new project in Bahrain is a perfect example of how we act locally to make a difference globally. We are looking forward to the completion of this solar plant with our partner Yellow Door Energy.”

Hamid Rashid Al Zayani, Founder & Partner of Al Zayani Investments, said: “For over 45 years, our diversified businesses have contributed to the growth and prosperity of Bahrain and beyond. Our mission is to invest in innovative and sustainable projects that enhance the local economy. This momentous solar project with Yellow Door Energy advances our mission towards a cleaner, more sustainable world.”

Rory McCarthy, CCO of Yellow Door Energy, said: “Yellow Door Energy is honoured to partner with Imerys Al Zayani and support its ambitious SustainAgility programme and carbon reduction targets. As our company continues to grow in the Kingdom of Bahrain, we look forward to helping businesses switch to clean energy, reduce their electricity costs and contribute to the Kingdom’s Net Zero by 2060 Initiative.”

Sunil Sharma, General Manager of Midal Solar, said construction is scheduled to start in the second half of this year and the solar plant is expected to be operational by 2023.

As the solar developer, Yellow Door Energy is responsible for financing, designing, building, commissioning, operating, and maintaining the solar plant for the duration of the agreement. By working with solar developers, leading businesses can 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. ✤