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Bee’ah, Sharjah-based waste management company has recently stated that it will convert 47 hectares of Al Saja’a landfill area into a solar energy facility in Sharjah once the landfill is capped.
This project will be able to generate over 42 megawatts of energy per year. In the first phase, 270,565 square metres of the landfill will be converted into a solar area with a projected output of 24 megawatts and in the second phase it will convert 200,099 square metres into a solar generation area which will produce another 16 megawatts.
To educate people on environmental causes and renewable energy projects the company will build an innovation and learning centre near the new solar farm.This is part of the UAE’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Salim Al Owais, chairman of Bee’ah said that “The UAE has made great strides in the development of renewable energy projects, and Bee’ah is keen to continue furthering its progress. This new landfill solar project is a remarkable landmark achievement for Bee’ah, as we continue to push boundaries of both waste management and clean energy as part of our overarching mission for sustainability”.
Khaled Al Huraimel, group CEO of Bee’ah stated , “Bee’ah aims to make environmental sustainability a reality, and this investment to rejuvenate the Al Saja’a landfill for long-term solar infrastructure will help Sharjah attain its renewable energy targets, and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. Our new solar plant project will help fuel the energy requirements for the Emirate, while showcasing how innovation can be utilised to continuously improve the quality of life for communities” .
Bee’ah is aiming for a zero-waste strategy. Recently Bee’ah launched its new biomass facility which will daily process 200 tonnes of cellulose and carbon-based waste .
UAE is targeting for at least 50 percent of its energy to come from sustainable sources by 2050. UAE also aims to ensure that 24 percent of its energy comes from renewable sources by 2021.