Masdar to build Tesla-backed solar plant at Bee'ah HQ in Sharjah
Designed by Zaha Hadid, the headquarters to be powered at night using excess energy stored by Tesla Powerpacks
UAE-headquartered waste management company Bee’ah, which is building its new Zaha Hadid-designed headquarters in Sharjah, has signed a contract with Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) — fully owned by Mubadala Investment Company — to develop a ground-mounted solar power plant at the facility, with the project being backed by Tesla Powerpacks, designed by Nasdaq-listed electric car manufacturer Tesla.
In a statement, Masdar said that the contract was signed on the sidelines of Wetex 2019 by its chief executive officer, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, and group CEO of Bee’ah HE Khaled Al Huraimel.
According to Masdar, Tesla Powerpacks will store excess energy to power the headquarters by night. Located in Sharjah’s Al Saj’ah, the new building that has a total built up area of 7,450m² is scheduled to be completed in 2020.
Speaking on the contract win Al Ramahi said: “Having installed some of the first rooftop and ground-mounted solar panels on government properties in Abu Dhabi, and with more than a decade of experience applying green building solutions at our Masdar City home in Abu Dhabi, we are delighted to have been chosen to develop the solar power plant of the new Bee’ah headquarters.”
Meanwhile, Al Huarimel said: “We are proud to work with Masdar, a global leader in pioneering and innovating clean energy solutions, which will design, build and operate our solar power generation plant that will supply the headquarters’ electricity requirements.”
“We are also addressing the solar energy intermittency factor with Tesla Powerpacks that will store the excess solar energy from the panels and feed it back to the building when required. We are expecting this blend of renewable energy and storage will help us reduce our carbon footprint dramatically,” Al Huarimel added.
The new Bee’ah headquarters is touted to be the first AI-powered building in the UAE.