An aerial view of the Bee'ah solar energy landfill project in Sharjah. WAM
This is the first of its kind in the region solar energy landfill project set to generate more than 42 megawatts of energy per year.
Driving environmental sustainability and a circular economy, Bee’ah has taken an integrated approach to waste management through a zero-waste strategy.
After waste is collected and transferred to Bee’ah’s Waste Management Complex, advanced recycling facilities recover valuable resources and recyclables.
These facilities include the Material Recovery Facility, Tyre Recycling Facility, Construction and Demolition Recycling Facility, Car and Metal Shredding Facility, Industrial Waste Water Plant, Biomass Facility and Alternative Raw Materials Facility.
Bee’ah has helped Sharjah achieve a 76 per cent waste diversion from landfill rate, and is fast approaching the 100 per cent diversion of waste with the launch of the Sharjah Waste to Energy Facility in 2021 by the Bee’ah-Masdar joint venture, Emirates Waste to Energy Company.
The Sharjah Waste to Energy Facility has an annual processing capacity of 300,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste to generate 30 megawatts 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.
On the new project, Salim Al Owais, Chairman of Bee'ah, said, "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."
In the first phase, the landfill area will be converted into 270,565 square metres of solar area with a projected output of 24 megawatts. The second phase will convert an additional 200,099 square metres of solar area to produce a 16-megawatt solar power.
In addition, Bee’ah will develop an innovation and learning centre, near the new solar farm, to educate visitors on the importance of protecting the environment and renewable energy projects, as part of the UAE’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
"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," said Khaled Al Huraimel, Group CEO of Bee’ah, on the strategy to turn landfills into a source of renewable energy.
The Sharjah government, and Sewa in particular, is keen to deliver the best services to the residents of the region, which is witnessing a substantial increase in population, urban expansion and civilisational projects.
Dr Sheikh Sultan underscored the importance of the energy sector being one of the priorities of life, highlighting the emirate of Sharjah’s keenness to meet all the needs of society members in terms of electricity, water and gas.
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