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Sharjah solar street lights up 20km

Sharjah's first 'Solar Street Light' project, covering some 20km stretch of roads, has been successfully commissioned as part of the Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority's (Sewa) green energy drive

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Sharjah's first 'Solar Street Light' project, covering some 20km stretch of roads, has been successfully commissioned as part of the Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority's (Sewa) green energy drive.

The project undertaken by Biz Tech International, a division of Paradigm Pioneers Group, has lightened up streets across Al Sajaa Industrial Area, Al Barashi, Al Zubair, Bateah, Mleiha Road and Al Mahathab of Sharjah.

The commissioning of the pioneering green street project, featuring 600 poles installed with 1,200 solar panels, follows the successful installation of solar panels at Sewa head office by Biz Tech International.

Dr Mohammad Tariq, executive chairman of Paradigm Pioneers Group, said in comparison to electrical energy, which requires a complex infrastructure, solar panel installation involves a simple technical process for providing sustainable solutions.

Tariq, who had initiated several energy-efficient projects as part of his group's mission to provide sustainable solutions, said the entire installation work was completed in six months.

Paradigm Pioneers Group, which built one of the first green buildings at Sharjah's Hamriyah Free Zone, is working on several such green initiatives including commercial and residential projects that will improve the quality of life in line with the group's vision of promoting sustainable and eco-friendly energy solutions, he said.

Tariq said panels made up of photovoltaic cells, which get charged during the day by absorbing sunlight, and illuminate the community by night, is economic, requiring occasional maintenance. Paradigm Pioneers Group plans to install solar energy solutions at various units of their company.

"Solar power is in abundance within the UAE. By incorporating the use of solar panels to tap a natural resource, Biz Tech International, is contributing to expand the horizon of sustainability within the region by creating a better now for a greater future," said Tariq.

The UAE has one of the largest carbon footprints in the world.

Khaleej TImes

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