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Masdar and W Solar Investment form joint venture company to develop renewable energy projects – EQ Mag Pro

Masdar and W Solar Investment form joint venture company to develop renewable energy projects – EQ Mag Pro

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New company, MW Energy Limited, will develop pre-identified projects and explore new opportunities in different countries; initial pipeline of projects has total capacity of more than 8 gigawatts (GW)

MW Energy will support Etihad 7 innovation program to develop renewable energy projects in Africa

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Masdar, one of the world’s leading renewable energy companies, and W Solar Investment, a subsidiary of Alpha Dhabi Holding, and a development and investment company in the solar energy industry, have formed a joint venture company (JVC) to develop clean energy projects in a range of geographies.

The new company, MW Energy Limited, will act as a development platform, focusing initially on a pre-identified pipeline of projects, while also exploring new opportunities under the guidance of both owners. Abu Dhabi-based Chimera Capital advised W Solar on the JVC.

The shareholder agreement establishing the JVC was signed by Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer of Masdar, and Syed Basar Shueb, Vice Chairman of Alpha Dhabi Holding, at a ceremony held recently in Masdar City.

Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of Masdar, said, “Masdar is committed to supporting the UAE’s sustainable development and to maintaining the nation’s leading role in the global energy transition. Having more than tripled the capacity of our renewable energy portfolio within three years, we are committed to extending our reach even further, by entering new markets and by partnering with other Abu Dhabi entities to become a global leader in clean energy. Through this JVC, we will be able to respond faster to market opportunities, extend our footprint into new geographies, and support more nations in their climate action.”

The JVC will focus initially on the development of pre-identified projects, primarily in Africa and in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region – Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Georgia – as well as other geographies. The total capacity of these pre-identified projects is more than 8 gigawatts (GW), and the JVC will also explore and develop other opportunities to meet the shareholders’ clean energy objectives.

MW Energy will also support the Etihad 7 innovation program, a UAE-led initiative to secure funding for renewable energy projects in Africa that aims to supply clean electricity to 100 million people by 2035. The program will raise funds from the public and private sectors for clean energy investment, with guidance and coordination from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) and Office of the Special Envoy for Climate Change.

About Masdar

Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company Masdar is advancing the commercialization and deployment of renewable energy, sustainable urban development and clean technologies to address global sustainability challenges. Wholly owned by Mubadala Investment Company, the strategic investment company of the Government of Abu Dhabi, our mandate is to help maintain the UAE’s leadership in the global energy sector, while supporting the diversification of both its economy and energy sources for the benefit of future generations. Today, Masdar is active in around 40 countries, including the UAE, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Mauritania, Egypt, Morocco, the UK, the US, Australia, Serbia, India, Indonesia, Uzbekistan, and many more.

About W Solar

W Solar Investment LLC is an Abu Dhabi-based joint venture of Alpha Dhabi Holding (“ADH”) and Abu Dhabi Developmental Holding Company (ADQ). Through its subsidiaries Invest, W Solar develops, owns, operates, and transfers renewable energy power plants. W Solar has signed several Framework Agreements /MoUs to implement Solar PV Plants in several countries of Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Anand Gupta Editor - EQ Int'l Media Network