Lulu Group, SirajPower forge green alliance
TDT | Manama
The Daily Tribune – www.newsofbahrain.com
Lulu Group, a leading GCC retail chain, announced the expansion of its partnership with SirajPower to strengthen its commitment to environmental sustainability and green initiatives.
Following their successful partnership in the UAE, Lulu Group has entered into a long-term solar lease agreement with SirajPower, a leading distributed solar energy provider in GCC, facilitating the installation of cutting-edge 10MWp solar rooftop systems across six prominent locations of Lulu Hypermarkets in Bahrain.
The comprehensive solar capacity will be distributed among strategic locations, including Lulu Hypermarkets in Riffa and Hidd, the Ramli Mall at A’ali, the Lulu Dana Mall in Sanabis, and the Lulu Logistic warehouses in Sitra.
Al Namal Group, a leading local partner in Construction and contracting, real estate, property development and management, health, and hospitality divisions, will provide valuable expertise and services for the installation of these solar systems.
These cutting-edge solar panels will generate about 17GWh of clean energy annually, reducing approximately 12,078 metric tons of CO2 emissions annually. This will help Lulu Group achieve its sustainability goals and support the Kingdom of Bahrain’s clean energy vision.
The partnership was commemorated during a signing ceremony at Lulu Group’s headquarters in Bahrain, graced by the presence of Lulu Group Director Juzer Rupawala; Laurent Longuet, Chief Executive of SirajPower; David Auriau, Director and Board Member of SirajPower; Jeeben Varghese Kurian, Executive Director of Al Namal Group and other senior officials from both entities.
Juzer Rupawala, Lulu Group Director, said, “Lulu has always been at the forefront of adopting sustainable options, and our partnership with SirajPower to bring solar energy into our power mix is a conscious choice to align ourselves with the Kingdom’s ambitious environmental goals to reduce carbon emissions by 30% by 2035.
“This strategic step is part of a series of affirmative actions that we firmly believe will not only benefit the environment but also contribute to the well-being of our planet.” Laurent Longuet, CEO of SirajPower said: ‘Lulu Group has been an integral partner for SirajPower, and our initial collaboration resulted in the successful completion of the solar carport installation at Lulu Group’s Dubai Silicon Central Hypermarket, UAE which continues to produce sustainable energy to this day.”
Jeeben Varghese Kurian, Executive Director of Al Namal Group commented: “We as a group have always been keen in the renewable energy sector and were one of the very first to be approved as solar contractors here in the Kingdom of Bahrain. It has always been our goal as a group to contribute to the Kingdom’s future vision and we are happy to play a part in its sustainable energy goals.”