PROJECTS: UAE's ALEC Energy to supply solar power solutions for DEWA's new head office building

Al Shera'a has been billed as the tallest, largest, and smartest government-owned Zero Energy building in the world

  
Across Dubai, DEWA's green buildings reduce carbon emissions and support the shift to a sustainable green economy. Image courtesy Dubai Media Office Twitter handle.

Across Dubai, DEWA's green buildings reduce carbon emissions and support the shift to a sustainable green economy. Image courtesy Dubai Media Office Twitter handle.

UAE-based solar energy company ALEC Energy said on Tuesday that it has won a contract to provide a solar photovoltaic solutions for Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s (DEWA) new headquarter building Al Shera’a, located in the Al Jaddaf area of Dubai.

In October 2019, DEWA had announced that it had awarded the construction contract worth 982 million UAE dirhams ($267 million) for the second phase of Al Shera’a to a consortium of Ghantoot Transport & General Contracting and Ghantoot Gulf Contracting. It said Al Shera’a would be the tallest, largest, and smartest government-owned Zero Energy building in the world when complete, consuming less energy than it generates. 

ALEC Energy said in a statement that it would provide a multi-tiered solution which includes the delivery of 21,139 square metres (sqm) of building attached photovoltaic (BAPV) panels on the roof, 1,021 sqm of building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) panels for the façade and 1,923 sqm of podium fins as well as fibre optic collectors, shaded structure PV and solar trees. 

“The most energy efficient solar cells currently available worldwide are used for this project. Accredited laboratories will conduct numerous sophisticated performance tests, quality controls and rigorous durability tests prior to the manufacturing of the the PV panels.  This project and the integrated solar design truly push the boundaries of solar power further,” ALEC Energy’s general manager James Stewart said. 

The statement said the solar power systems supplied by ALEC Energy would collectively generate 4.8 MWp upon completion and ensure that the new building will reach its net zero targets within under a decade. 

The company is also designing customised, walkable solar panels for the project working alongside main contractor, Ghantoot Transport & General Contracting and consultant, Atkins. 

Designed to Platinum LEED standards, Al Shera’a’ would have a built-up-area of more than two million square feet over 15 floors with the capacity to host more than 5,000 people at any given time, the statement said. 

(Writing by SA Kader; Editing by Anoop Menon) 

(anoop.menon@refinitiv.com

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