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Qatar to start utility-scale rooftop solar project

Project to help Qatar achieve 200MW of solar energy by 2020.

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Bids for tenders are likely to be issued early in 2014.
Bids for tenders are likely to be issued early in 2014.

Qatar's state-run electricity and water company has announced plans to install solar panels atop the roofs of many of the country’s 85 reservoirs, PV magazine reported.

Saleh Hamad Al Marri, head of state-run Kahramaa’s renewable energy technologies sector, told attendees at the summit about the utility’s plans to fit the roofs that cover Qatar’s vital drinking water supplies with solar panels, utilizing existing transmission lines already attached in order to reduce construction costs.

Al-Marri confirmed to local media that bids for tenders could be issued early in 2014.

"We aim to optimize the utilization of redundant flat surfaces in the infrastructure of Qatar, such as roofs of grid stations and water reservoirs, to generate a capacity of up to 200 MW by 2020 from solar sources," announced Kahramaa’s president Essa bin Hilal al-Kuwari at the summit.

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