Bee'ah launches region's first landfill solar farm project
Bee'ah will convert 47ha of Al Saja’a's landfill area into a solar facility to generate over 42MW of energy per year
Sharjah-headquartered environmental management firm, Bee’ah, will convert 47ha of Al Saja’a's landfill area into a solar energy facility in the emirate.
The facility is expected to be the region's first solar energy landfill project, set to generate more than 42MW of energy per year.
In the first phase of the project, the landfill area will be converted into 270,565m2 of solar area with a projected output of 24MW. The second phase will see the conversion of an additional 200,099m2 of solar area to produce 16MW of solar power.
In addition, Bee’ah will develop an innovation and learning centre, in close proximity of the solar farm, to educate visitors on the importance of protecting the environment and renewable energy projects, in its bid to accelerate its efforts towards UAE’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Till date, Bee’ah has helped the emirate of Sharjah achieve a 76% rate of waste diversion from landfill; it is fast-approaching the 100% diversion of waste with the 2021 scheduled launch of the Sharjah Waste to Energy Facility by the Bee’ah-Masdar joint venture, Emirates Waste to Energy Company.
The Sharjah Waste to Energy Facility has an annual capacity of processing 300,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste to generate 30MW of electricity. On reaching the zero-waste target, Bee’ah will then be able to repurpose the Al Saja’a landfill into a solar energy farm.
Speaking about Bee’ah's strategy to turn landfills into a source of renewable energy, the group chief executive officer, HE Khaled Al Huraimel, said: "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."
He added: "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.”