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Emirates Waste to Energy Company to develop UAE’s first solar landfill project

Emirates Waste to Energy Company will deliver the solar photovolta­ic (PV) project that will comprise up to 120 megawatts (MW)

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Emirates Waste to Energy Company, a joint venture between Bee’ah and Masdar will undertake a pioneering project to develop Bee’ah’s landfill into a solar farm, the first of its kind in the UAE.

The agreement was announced jointly by Khaled Al Huraimel, Group Chief Executive Officer of Bee’ah and Chairman of the Emirates Waste to Energy Company, and Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer of Masdar, during Abu Dhabi Sustainabi­lity Week which takes place virtually this week.

Emirates Waste to Energy Company will deliver the solar photovolta­ic (PV) project that will comprise up to 120 megawatts (MW) and will be constructe­d on top of Bee’ah’s Al Sa’jah landfill in close proximity to the Sharjah Waste to Energy facility and Bee’ah’s Waste Management Complex. The solar landfill project will be delivered across three phases, with the first phase due for completion in 2023.

“Masdar is proud to be extending our existing partnershi­p with Bee’ah through the Emirates Waste to Energy Company to develop this landmark project in Sharjah. Waste is a growing issue in the Gulf Cooperatio­n Council region. However, this project highlights how we can utilize closed landfills to deliver clean energy, while simultaneo­usly supporting the UAE’s clean energy targets and UN Sustainabl­e Developmen­t Goals. We are confident that this project can become a benchmark for other landfill sites in the region,” said Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer of Masdar.

“As a pioneer of zero waste solutions, Bee’ah is looking to create new value from capped landfills while supporting the deployment of renewable energy in the UAE and I am confident that we can replicate this same model for other cities.”

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