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Solar power for 11 govt buildings in Capital

Haseeb Haider / 27 September 2011

ABU DHABI — Photovoltaic solar panels installed on 11 government buildings and a private villa in a pilot project in Abu Dhabi has started generating 2.3 megawatts of electricity and thereby saving 3,220 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide.

Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company or Masdar and Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) have jointly installed photovoltaic (PV) solar panels on the rooftops of 11 key state-owned buildings in the Capital.

The 2.3 MW of PV panels will generate 4.025GWh/year of electricity, saving around 3,220 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.

The objective of the pilot project is to support renewable energy efforts within the UAE and investigate and prove the potential for building integrated PV installations to help meet Abu Dhabi’s future electricity demands.

The Shaikh Sultan bin Zayed Mosque will generate 55 kW; Crown Prince Court will produce 300 kW; Al Mamoura, where the headquarters of Mubadala Development Company located will generate 210 kW; Masdar Institute of Science and Technology has installed PV panels to produce 1MW, Abu Dhabi Municipality will generate 100 kW; Abu Dhabi Distribution Company will produce 125kW; Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre will produce 100 kW; Armed Officer’s Club 100 kW; Al Ameen School 50 kW; Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technology which overhauls aircraft at the Abu Dhabi Airport will generate 300 kW; and a private villa will produce 15kW.

Dr Sultan Al Jaber, Chief Executive Officer, Masdar said Solar rooftop PV installations have the potential to be a significant contributor to Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy efforts.

He said “Our participation in this project is part of Masdar’s mandate to spearhead further development and implementation of renewable energy within Abu Dhabi.”

Director-General of ADWEA, Abdulla Al Nuaimi said: “By working in conjunction with other entities we will adopt a multi-phased approach to technology selection and implementation in order to encourage and support the delivery of the government’s renewable energy targets. This pilot project is an excellent example of this collaborative approach.”


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