By Sam Bridge
Bee'ah's new headquarters will be equipped with an array of smart building solutions powered by Microsoft, set to open in 2020
Bee’ah said on Monday it will power its iconic new headquarters in Sharjah with solar energy, reinforcing its commitment to championing sustainability and innovation.
The plant will be developed and built by Masdar and backed by Tesla Powerpacks that will store excess energy to power the headquarters by night, the company said in a statement.
Bee’ah and Masdar, a subsidiary of Mubadala Investment Company, signed a contract to appoint Masdar to develop the ground-mounted solar power plant at Bee’ah’s new headquarters on the sidelines of WETEX.
The Zaha Hadid-designed building will also be the first AI-powered building in the UAE and is scheduled for completion in 2020.
Khaled Al Huraimel, group CEO at Bee’ah said: “Sustainability is at the heart of our business and powering our new headquarters with clean energy is an important touchstone for us. Our new headquarters will embody our operational excellence in sustainability and technology as we strive to lead by example.
“We are proud to work with Masdar... which will design, build and operate our solar power generation plant that will supply the headquarters’ electricity requirements. We are also addressing the solar energy intermittency factor with Tesla Powerpacks that will store the excess solar energy from the panels and feed it back to the building when required.”
“Today’s announcement further strengthens our existing relationship with Bee’ah, with whom we are developing the first waste-to-energy plant in the UAE,” added Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of Masdar.
“Having installed some of the first rooftop and ground-mounted solar panels on government properties in Abu Dhabi, and with more than a decade of experience applying green building solutions at our Masdar City home in Abu Dhabi, we are delighted to have been chosen to develop the solar power plant of the new Bee’ah headquarters.”
Bee’ah’s new headquarters building will also be equipped with an array of smart building solutions powered by Microsoft, using the Johnson Control Digital Vault offering, and deployed by Evoteq.