ALEC Energy has been awarded the contract to supply a solar photovoltaic solution for the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s (DEWA) new headquarters, Al-Shera’a (Arabic for sail), in the Al Jaddaf area of Dubai.

The solar project will ensure the new DEWA headquarters will reach its net zero targets and that total energy used in the building during a year will be equal to or less than the energy produced onsite in a year. DEWA’s new headquarters has been designed to receive a platinum rating by LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and a gold rating from the WELL Building Standard.

Speaking about the importance of this project, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA, said: “We work in line with the vision and directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai a global hub for clean energy and green economy. DEWA contributes to accelerating the shift towards Net Zero Energy Buildings and establishing a sustainable energy model that supports economic growth, without damaging the environment and its resources. By building Al-Shera’a, DEWA’s new headquarters, which will be the tallest, largest, and smartest government Zero Energy building in the world, we establish a global benchmark for buildings that achieve a balance between development and the environment, to protect the right of future generations to live in a clean, healthy and safe environment.”