Shell pow­ers schools in Oman with so­lar en­ergy

Muscat Daily - - PRESS RELEASES -

Shell De­vel­op­ment Oman con­tin­ues to power the sul­tanate with re­new­able en­ergy with the ad­di­tion of two new schools as part of its 'So­lar into Schools' pro­gramme, bring­ing the to­tal number to five.

Us­ing the first of its kind, bi­fa­cial so­lar photo-voltaic (PV) pan­els, Al As­maa bint al Harith, an all-girls school and Kaab bin Bar­sha, a boys school in the North Bati­nah gover­norate, are now op­er­at­ing us­ing so­lar en­ergy. As part of its gift to the na­tion, Shell De­vel­op­ment Oman helps schools meet their power de­mands and evokes cu­rios­ity in re­new­ables amongst the younger gen­er­a­tion.

Muna al Shukaili, gen­eral man­ager, Ex­ter­nal Re­la­tion & SI lead at Shell De­vel­op­ment Oman, said, “So­lar into schools not only makes the schools ecofriendly but helps re­duce op­er­at­ing costs. It provides them with a long-lasting source of en­ergy that will power them for gen­er­a­tions to come. It also gives us a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide lo­cal SMEs with a plat­form for train­ing, coach­ing and fun­nel­ing new busi­ness col­lab­o­ra­tions. As a re­sult, we are con­tribut­ing to the growth of the so­lar in­dus­try, rais­ing aware­ness on en­ergy tran­si­tion among school chil­dren and the com­mu­nity at large, and di­ver­si­fy­ing of the econ­omy. A win for all.”

In­stal­la­tions were car­ried out by a lo­cal SME, Hus­sam Tech­nol­ogy Com­pany’s (HTC) DCRP-ac­cred­ited so­lar en­gi­neers. The com­pany broke ground by in­tro­duc­ing the first bi­fa­cial so­lar pan­els in Oman, which are more ef­fi­cient. The pan­els of all so­lar schools were also con­nected to the elec­tric­ity grid to en­sure that no ex­cess power gen­er­ated would go to waste.

Dr Fi­ras al Ab­duwani, CEO of Hus­sam Tech­nol­ogy Com­pany, said, “Our most re­cent in­stal­la­tion of so­lar pan­els into yet an­other school marks a new mile­stone us­ing the first bi­fa­cial so­lar PV pan­els in Oman. As a growing SME, we are cre­at­ing a long-lasting in­vest­ment within the sul­tanate through so­lar en­ergy to­gether with Shell De­vel­op­ment Oman.”

Plac­ing youth de­vel­op­ment as one of its top pri­or­i­ties, Shell De­vel­op­ment Oman re­mains com­mit­ted to pro­mot­ing sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, engi­neer­ing and math (STEM) across the sul­tanate.

The com­pany will soon in­tro­duce NX­plor­ers, an in­no­va­tive ed­u­ca­tional pro­gramme that aims to build aware­ness, de­velop knowl­edge, pro­vide think­ing tools and com­plex prob­lem solv­ing skills to the lead­ers of the fu­ture in the Food-Wa­ter-En­ergy nexus. NX­plor­ers will com­ple­ment the ex­ist­ing 'So­lar into Schools' pro­gramme by pro­vid­ing an un­par­al­leled learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that re­volves around tack­ling real life chal­lenges.

Shukaili added, “So­lar into Schools is a pos­i­tive cat­a­lyst for the re­new­able en­ergy sec­tor and en­ergy tran­si­tion in the sul­tanate.”

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