Current, powered by GE, signs MoU with Khidmah to execute energy-efficient projects in UAE and Saudi Arabia
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
- Initial focus on retrofitting Khidmah’s buildings in the UAE with advanced LED lighting solutions to make them more energy-efficient
- Current to provide lighting design services for new developments by Khidmah & recommendations on energy-saving lighting for existing buildings
- Energy efficiency gains contribute to the sustainable development vision of the UAE and Saudi Arabia
Dubai, UAE; September 28, 2016: A first-of-its kind energy company that integrates GE’s LED, Solar, Energy Storage and Electric Vehicle businesses, Current, powered by GE, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Khidmah, a leading, fully-integrated property service solutions provider in the UAE, to execute energy-efficient projects in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
The MoU was signed in Dubai by Adel Kamali, COO of Khidmah and Erdem Soyal, General Manager for Middle East and Turkey of Current, powered by GE. One of the first key agreements signed by Current, since the launch of its operations in the region, the MoU with Khidmah aims to support sustainable development efforts undertaken as part of the UAE Vision 2021 and Saudi Vision 2030, by enhancing energy efficiency best practices in the real estate sector.
The initial focus of the agreement is to retrofit Khidmah’s buildings across the UAE with innovative and energy-efficient LED lighting solutions including downlights, panels, tubes, lamps, motion sensors, light fittings and fixtures.
Subsequently, Current will provide smart lighting design services for any developments by the engineering arm of Khidmah, and also provide recommendations on energy-saving lighting for the existing buildings and projects with the support of a lighting designer.
Erdem Soyal, Current’s General Manager for the Middle East and Turkey, said: “Current’s mission is to transform the way we look at energy services by delivering sustainable lighting and energy-efficient technologies. By deploying digital industrial technologies, along with our suite of LED solutions, which GE pioneered, we are supporting the vision of the regional governments to reduce energy use while assuring an aesthetic and quality building environment. Khidmah has an extensive portfolio of properties and our agreement will help contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, enhance energy-use efficiency, and reduce cost incurred on electricity usage.”
Abdulla Saeed Al Qamzi, Managing Director, said: “Khidmah has set a solid place for itself in the market due to its commitment to its clients, and its continuous efforts to enhance its services to provide ease, and best in class offerings to customers. Our reputation is also backed by an impressive portfolio of commercial and residential properties across the UAE.”
He added: “Since its inception, Khidmah has been actively involved in various key sustainability initiatives in the UAE. This MOU is one of the most distinctive partnerships by property companies in the region, to actively promote energy efficiency measures in the real estate sector. From retrofitting our buildings with sustainable lighting solutions, to looking at innovative lighting design approaches, we will set a new industry benchmark in electricity usage in our buildings. This highlights our genuine efforts to make a positive change in the sector, and for the environment, and to create long-term value for our residents in UAE and in the region.”
As part of the agreement, Current and Khidmah will identify further energy efficiency opportunities. Current will provide the technology and expertise to Khidmah in the areas of energy management and lighting. The two entities will share knowledge and ideas, and also pool existing resources and expertise to promote energy efficiency initiatives.
Current will extend continuous technical support to Khidmah in the areas of selecting, designing and conducting lighting calculations for LED solutions. It will also develop an effective model for dissemination of skills and knowledge of lighting technologies and trends to Khidmah.
Current brings together GE’s LED, solar, energy storage and electric vehicle businesses into a holistic offering that is currently absent in the industry today. The business portfolio includes sensor-enabled hardware, software, fulfillment, product management and financing solutions. Current will reduce energy costs with a comprehensive set Ecomagination certified LED lighting systems and solar, energy storage and gas fired technology options. Through Predix, GE’s cloud-based platform for the Industrial Internet, Current will analyze energy consumption and provide customers with data around patterns and needs, along with recommendations to increase efficiency.