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Pact for Oman’s first 1MW rooftop solar system signed

Pact for Oman’s first 1MW rooftop solar system signed

The partnership signing ceremony was held at the Sheraton Oman Hotel on Tuesday to announce the installation of Oman’s first huge-scale 1MW rooftop solar PV system.

Speaking on the occasion, Nailesh Khimji, director, Khimji Ramdas stated, “Solar power in Oman is at the cusp of huge expansion with the government clearing the decks for a production of electrical energy from multitude of installations via the Sahim two initiative.

“We at Khimji Ramdas in collaboration with Nafath Renewable Energy dedicate our efforts in moving the business to the most efficient frontier and help establish a long term, respectable, capacity that will efficiently utilise the abundant solar energy that our country is blessed with.”

An initial project will be executed in Barka involving retrofitting a handful of thousand tier-1 solar PV modules covering an region higher than five,000sq m. The solar plant shall be in a position to feed any excess power generated by the solar plant back to the grid following Sahim two initiative below the Authority for Electricity Regulation (AER).

The plant is anticipated to create 1,700MWh of clean power per year, serving as a tiny contribution to Oman’s target of 30 per cent renewables penetration by 2030. The plant shall be in a position to minimize 1,460 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.

Abdulla Nasser al Saidi, CEO, Nafath Renewable Energy stated, “We are delighted to be partnering with KR to jointly develop the solar market in Oman. With this signature project we intend to showcase our design and execution capability that will go a long way to further the expansion of solar energy in Oman.”

This initiative falls in line with KR’s vision of creating national capability and advertising SMEs to compete in the worldwide industry.

Ravi Kumar Dhulipala, chief operating officer, KR Infrastructure Group stated, “Solar power has become an increasingly popular source of renewable energy due to its advanced technology, wider market reach and cost-competitiveness.”

Dhulipala added, “Global data shows that more solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity is being installed than any other generation technology. We will strive to put all our marketing efforts to systematically maximise the value transfer that caters to a specific customer segment.”

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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