ALEC Energy signed a contract with Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) for providing solar photovoltaic solution at DEWA’s new headquarters Al-Shera’a, Al Jaddaf area of Dubai.
ALEC Energy provided a multi-tiered solution which includes the delivery of around 21,150m2 of building attached photovoltaic (BAPV) panels on the roof, more than 1,000m2 of building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) panels in the facade and nearly 2,000m2 of podium fins and also fibre optic collectors, solar trees and shaded structure PV, which collectively will produce 4.8 MWp after completion. This will ensure the new headquarters reaches its net zero targets.
ALEC Energy along with contractors ATKINS, Ghantoot Transport & General Contracting LLC and consultant is designing walkable and customized solar panels with a high transparency attribute that matches the striking architectural design of the building.
HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA, said, “We work in line with the vision and directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai a global hub for clean energy and green economy. DEWA contributes to accelerating the shift towards Net Zero Energy Buildings and establishing a sustainable energy model that supports economic growth, without damaging the environment and its resources.”
“By building Al-Shera’a, DEWA’s new headquarters, which will be the tallest, largest, and smartest government Zero Energy building in the world, we establish a global benchmark for buildings that achieve a balance between development and the environment, to protect the right of future generations to live in a clean, healthy and safe environment,” he added.
General Manager of ALEC Energy, James Stewart, said, “Winning this project has been a great endorsement of ALEC Energy’s ability to provide the most innovative, cost-effective solution that not only meets, but exceeds the ambitious targets set by DEWA for the building. In delivering a solution that illustrates DEWA’s commitment to utilising clean energy, we are also supporting the UAE Government’s high-level targets of clean energy supply within the next thirty years.”
“The most energy efficient solar cells currently available worldwide are used for this project. Accredited laboratories will conduct numerous sophisticated performance tests, quality controls and rigorous durability tests prior to the manufacturing of the the PV panels. This project and the integrated solar design truly pushes the boundaries of solar power further,” Stewart added.
Al-Sheraa is spread over the area of 2 million square feet. It has 15 floors with a basement plus 5 floors of parking space for car. It has accommodation for 5,000 people. DEWA’s new headquarters has been designed to receive a platinum rating by LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and a gold rating from the WELL Building Standard.