Sharjah reveals 1st landfill solar power project with Bee’ah

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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Bee'ah Solar Project at Sharjah
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A Sharjah-based waste management company, Bee’ah will transform 47 hectares of Al Saja’a landfill area into a state-of-the-art solar energy facility in Sharjah once the landfill is capped.

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This is the first of its kind in the region solar energy landfill project set to produce more than 42 megawatts of energy per year.

Bee’ah has taken a holistic 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 assisted Sharjah to achieve a 76 percent waste diversion from landfill rate, and is fast approaching the 100 percent 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. Bee’ah will be able to repurpose the Al Saja’a landfill into a solar energy farm once it reaches its zero-waste target.

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 meters of solar area with a projected output of 24 megawatts. The second phase will convert an additional 200,099 square meters of the solar area to generate a 16-megawatt solar power.

In addition, Bee’ah will develop an innovation and learning center, near the new solar farm, to teach 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.