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UAE: ALEC Energy wins 6.8MW solar plant contract

ALEC Energy has been awarded a contract to design, build, operate, and maintain a 70,000m2, 6.8MW private solar power plant for Al Nabooda Automobiles

At 70,000m<sup>2</sup>, Al Nabooda Automobiles contends that its solar power plant will be the largest private sector solar plant in the Middle East.
At 70,000m<sup>2</sup>, Al Nabooda Automobiles contends that its solar power plant will be the largest private sector solar plant in the Middle East.
At 70,000m&lt;sup&gt;2&lt;/sup&gt;, Al Nabooda Automobiles contends that its solar power plant will be the largest private sector solar plant in the Middle East.
At 70,000m<sup>2</sup>, Al Nabooda Automobiles contends that its solar power plant will be the largest private sector solar plant in the Middle East.

ALEC Energy has been awarded a contract to develop a 6.8MW private solar power plant for Al Nabooda Automobiles.

The project, which is believed to be the largest private sector solar plant in the Middle East, will see ALEC Energy design, build, operate, and maintain a 70,000m2 rooftop solar plant for UAE-headquartered auto dealer.

The development will meet 70% of the energy required by Al Nabooda Automobiles’ body and paint shop for the next 25 years.

Commenting on the project, K Rajaram, chief executive officer of Al Nabooda Automobiles, said: “We are very proud to be able to play a role in fulfilling the vision set out by the Dubai Supreme Energy Council by bringing this power plant into our body and paint shop, which will be the largest private solar park in the region.

“We see this investment as part of our corporate social responsibility (CSR) towards promoting sustainability.”

Under the terms of the agreement, ALEC Energy will install 25,000 solar panels across Al Nabooda Automobiles’ car parks and roofs. The panels will produce approximately 10 million units of electrical energy per annum, and offset around 5,300 tonnes of CO2 every year – equivalent to the emissions of 1,600 passenger cars.

ALEC Energy will carry out all system design and construction activities, and obtain the required local approvals. The contractor is currently in discussions with Yellow Door Energy to finance the plant, which will be built and commissioned over a six-month period.

The project’s design will make use of the Porsche e-mobility concept, and will account for local weather conditions by offering easy-to-clean solar panels.

Once completed, Al Nabooda Automobiles’ 6.8MW solar plant will be connected to Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s (DEWA) MV grid.

James Stewart, general manager of ALEC Energy, concluded: “We are very excited to collaborate with Al Nabooda Automobiles on this solar project. Solar energy is a smart choice, and has many financial and environmental benefts which, in the long run, [will] assist the UAE in meeting its 2030 renewable energy targets.”

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