Doha mega project installs first solar panels

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The first photovoltaic solar panels have been installed in the first phase of the QR20bn Msheireb Downtown Doha project.

The roof-mounted photovoltaic modules installed by  Innovations Unlimited ME will supply a portion of the electricity needs of the buildings within Phase 1 of the development.

The buildings within phase 1A are being installed with 2,072 photovoltaic panels and 37 inverters, feeding a total of 463.4 kWp (kilowatts at peak power) of electricity and will feed directly into the electrical grid of the development, a statement said.

Photovoltaic solar panels use sunlight to generate electricity through the photovoltaic effect -the creation of an electric current within certain materials when those materials are exposed to light.

Abdulla Hassan Al-Mehshadi, CEO at Msheireb Properties, said: "Adopting advanced clean technology such as solar energy in addition to traditional methods of climate management is a hallmark of the Msheireb project which will have one of the largest concentrations of LEED-certified buildings in the world on completion.

"Our partnership with Innovations Unlimited ME to install advanced solar power within Phase 1 of the development will help us move steadily towards achieving this goal."

When Msheireb Downtown Doha is complete, the project will comprise 5,200 solar panels across a total of 8,400 sq m of onsite energy production in the form of both electricity and hot water.

Each year, the solar PV system will reduce total greenhouse gas emissions by 568 metric tonnes which is equivalent to 241,000 litres of gasoline consumed.

Al-Mehshadi said development of Msheireb Downtown Doha is progressing well with infrastructure works now completed.

Construction of the National Archive and the Heritage Quarter is on track to be completed this year.

Innovations Unlimited ME was established in 2009 and has its headquarters in Doha, with a branch office in Bahrain.

The company's portfolio includes photovoltaic solutions, solar thermal water heating, solar cooling, building-integrated photovoltaic, solar street lights and wind energy solutions.

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