Kuwait to tap into rooftop solar
Kuwait is stepping up efforts to boost its electricity generation capacity with a new scheme that is aimed at producing power from rooftop solar
Kuwait is stepping up efforts to boost its electricity generation capacity with a new scheme that is aimed at producing power from rooftop solar.
The number of homes fitted with rooftop solar panels under a pilot project will be increased from the current 150 to 1500 by 2018 according to Adnan Shihab-Eldin, director general of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS).
He said that the cost of a kilowatt of electricity produced through solar energy is 20 fils (65 cent), which is very competitive compared to the cost of a kilowatt of electricity produced through fossil fuels at 30 to 40 fils.
Kuwait, in cooperation with Germany, established the first solar power plant in the region in 1984, with one megawatt capacity.
Shihab-Eldin pointed to the various renewable energy projects launched by the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) such as the 70 MW Shagaya complex, reported KUNA.
He suggested that the government directs part of power subsidy to renewable energy, to raise its share of Kuwait’s production of electricity to 15 percent, a target set for 2030.
Meanwhile, Director-General International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Adnan Amin said that the world has witnessed a remarkable change in the alternative power systems over the past three years.
He stressed the necessity of paying more attention to alternative energy amid the various crises the world is suffering.
According to Amin, solar power is the cheapest among sources of renewable energy, especially in the Middle East region, in addition to wind power in Egypt and Morocco.
Amin said that the world’s renewable energy has grown by 17 percent over the past period, and “we believe it will double to 34 percent by 2030.”