Emaar Development has named a company to build a private solar plant for the Dubai Hills Mall project. 

ALEC Energy has been picked to provide the 6.5 megawatt-peak (MWp) solar power plant for the under-construction retail project. 

The energy company is a part of ALEC, the construction company building Dubai Hills Mall.  

Dubai Hills Mall's solar power facility will feature 24,000 solar panels on the mall's roof, and is expected to generate 10.5m kwh/units of electrical energy in a year. 

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As a result, the project will record an offset of 4.62m kg of carbon dioxide each year. This is the equivalent of offsetting the annual CO2 emissions of 1,673 passenger vehicles in a year. 

ALEC Energy will provide system design, local approval, and construction services for the plant, which will be built and commissioned in line with Dubai Hills Mall's programme.

The solar plant will be ready to operate upon the mall's opening. 

Commenting on the contract, James Stewart, general manager of ALEC Energy, said: "We are very excited to collaborate with Emaar Development on this exciting solar project.

"Solar Energy is a smart choice and has many financial and environmental benefits especially in large malls which are large consumers of power.

"This decision will also assist the UAE in meeting its 2030 renewable energy targets." 

Dubai Hills Mall will offer 18.58ha of leasable space across its ground and first floors, including more than 700 retail, and food and beverage (F&B) outlets.  

This January, it was revealed that Turkey-headquartered AE Arma-Elektropanç has been awarded a $159m (AED580m) contract for Dubai Hills Mall by ALEC.

Under the terms of the contract, the company will carry out all mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) works for the project, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.