UAE Defence Ministry and Masdar Team up for Multi-Solar Plants

The UAE Ministry of Defence and Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company – Masdar, have inked a Partnership Agreement to develop multiple solar plants across Abu Dhabi. 

Emerge, a collaborative effort between the UAE’s Masdar and France’s EDF Group, will deliver end-to-end solutions for the projects, covering financing, design, procurement, construction, operations, and maintenance over a span of 25 years. 

The signing event, held at Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, was attended by key dignitaries. The agreement, signed by Brigadier General Saeed Al Ketbi, Commander of the Military Works Command from the UAE Ministry of Defence and Abdulaziz Alobaidli, Chief Operating Officer of Masdar and Chairman of Emerge, underscores a strategic move towards sustainable development. 

HE Dr Sultan Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, Chairman of Masdar, highlighted, “At COP28 UAE, the world came together to agree the historic UAE Consensus and Action Agenda to deliver unprecedented climate action in this critical decade. The UAE will continue leading by example, and we are proud to be supporting the UAE Ministry of Defence in its Climate Change Strategy as the nation advances its Net Zero by 2050 strategic initiative.” 

In December 2023, the Ministry of Defence unveiled the UAE Armed Forces’ Climate Change Strategy during COP28, marking a significant step towards reducing carbon emissions and fostering sustainability across the region. 

Emerge, established in 2021 as a joint venture between Masdar and EDF Group, focuses on developing distributed solar, energy storage, and hybrid solutions for commercial and industrial sectors. With its energy services offerings, Emerge aims to provide comprehensive solutions including solar power agreements and energy performance contracting, paving the way for sustainable energy practices without upfront costs for clients. 

Jonathan Evans serves as General Counsel, Legal and Regulatory at Masdar.