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Qatar Rail to explore solar to power rail network

Company signs agreement with Qatar Solar Technologies to investigate use of clean energy

Qatar Rail to explore solar to power rail network
Qatar Rail signs the agreement.

Qatar Solar Technologies (QSTec) has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) agreement with Qatar Rail to explore the possibility of installing solar power on the country’s rail network.

If viable, up to 80 Megawatts of solar technology could be installed into Qatar’s multibillion dollar railway development.

The first stage of the MOU will look at installing ground and rooftop mounted solar PV installations on the proposed three million square metres rail depot facility that will be located near the new Sheikh Hamad International Airport.

“This is a long term agreement that demonstrates the very essence of the Qatar National Vision 2030 and we look forward to working closely with Qatar Rail to develop sustainable solar energy solutions that meet their requirements for quality, reliability and exceptional service,” said Dr Khalid K. Al Hajri, chairman and CEO of QSTec.

Speaking at the MOU signing, Eng. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Turki al-Subaie, managing director and chairman of the Executive Committee of Qatar Rail, said: “Qatar Rail places environmentally-friendly methods at the heart of the executive strategy of all its projects.”

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