The rooftop PV method gives up to 82kWp of electrical energy by means of 252 solar panels with a capacity of 325Wp per unit, which covers roughly 500sq m. It is committed to creating a minimum of 100MWh per year in typical climate circumstances. As a outcome, it generates a substantial portion of the power consumed by the college.
Eng Hamed al Maghderi, Oman Country Director of ENGIE which is the co-owner of the 4 Independent Power Producers in Oman stated, “With this project, we have achieved three objectives for Oman, first, it contributes to the clean energy development of the sultanate. Moreover, it supports local SMEs in the renewable power sector, pushing innovative energy solutions. And finally, it allows us to educate students about solar power, thereby creating awareness on the transition to renewable energy.”
Eng Maghderi also announced that their second project has been authorized by the ministry for a college in Liwa, close to the Port of Sohar, and is now beneath preparation.
While delivering a sustainable and sensible resource for the college itself, the project also permits to educate students about solar energy, therefore, creating an essential contribution to the STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics) education. Promoting STEM education is a essential element of the Omanisation policies place in location by the government to equip young Omanis with the future expertise essential to compete in the job marketplace.
For Florence Fontani, EVP Strategy, Communication and ESR at ENGIE Middle East, South & Central Asia and Turkey, this project is totally in line with ENGIE’s important social engagements, which contain access to clean power for all and the empowerment of neighborhood communities.
“At ENGIE, we firmly believe in the positive power of partnerships between local government, entrepreneurs, communities and the private sector to boost progress.” Active in Oman for more than 20 years, ENGIE employs locally 460 folks in the fields of energy generation, water desalinisation and power solutions. ENGIE operates a total gross capacity of three.7GW of energy and 550,000m3/day of desalinated water production in Oman.
A Memorandum of Understanding for the project was signed by SMN Power Holding, Al Batinah Power, Al Suwadi Power and Al Kamil Power with the Ministry of Education in December final year. The building of the project began in July 2018 in collaboration with two Omani organizations HTC and Solar Hornet, and on November 15 the initial energy was made.
Information Source: Muscat Daily