Qatar Foundation produces 85% of Qatar's solar

Announcement during launch of centre to manage smart grid and solar.

Qatar, News

Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) has announced that it is currently producing up to 85% of Qatar’s total solar energy.

The organisation made the announcement as it launched one of the Gulf region’s first energy monitoring centres (EMC) to manage its smart grid and monitor solar power generation across all sites within Education City.

Developed by GreenGulf, in partnership with Qatar Foundation Capital Projects and ASTAD Project Management, the EMC will enable real-time administration of all solar and power quality monitoring systems from a central location aiding in their efficient operations and maintenance.

"The advanced EMC, which is one of the first of its kind in the region, marks the integration and centralisation of Qatar Foundation's on-going efforts to remain at the forefront of energy efficiency through the adoption of a smart solar system," said Eng. Jassim Telefat, group executive director of Qatar Foundation Capital Projects and Facilities Management.

"Qatar Foundation's leadership remains fully committed to its sustainability initiatives by continuing to increase the use of renewable energy throughout all Education City facilities."

GreenGulf CEO Omran Al Kuwari said: "We're very proud to have developed this pioneering project for Qatar Foundation. We believe it's projects like these, driven by the inspired foresight and leadership at Qatar Foundation, that will further accelerate the adoption of renewables across the region. We look forward to deploying the experiences gained here on future projects, both in Qatar and throughout the region."

The EMC is part of the recently completed solar smart-grid project that added a total of 1.68MW of new solar photovoltaic (PV) systems at various facilities within the QF campus.

QF is now responsible for up to 85% of the country's total solar photovoltaic current, with an installed capacity of roughly 4 megawatts.

The project is also the first commercial PV project in Qatar to be granted approval for grid connection from Kahramaa.

The PV systems at Qatar Foundation now generate 5,180 megawatt hours of clean energy annually, resulting in savings of around 2,590 tons of CO2 emissions every year.

The EMC will also be connected to the Kahramaa Conservation and Efficiency Control Centre to showcase the amount of 6/29/2014 85% of Qatar's solar energy is by Qatar Foundation solar energy Qatar Foundation's PV systems are feeding into the central power grid.

Based at Central Plant 1 in Education City, the EMC is monitoring Qatar Foundation's production of 3.3 megawatts of clean energy now generated by the expansion of the existing smart solar system to eight locations in Education City.

Including Texas A&M University at Qatar, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar and four new solar car park shades.

The EMC also integrates existing solar systems including those at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC), the QF Student Housing Complex and the Solar Testing Facility at Qatar Science and Technology Park.


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