Doha 01st August 2013 : The first of photovoltaic solar panels have been installed in the initial phase of the QR20bn Msheireb Downtown Doha (MDD) project.
Photovoltaic solar panels use sunlight to generate electricity through the photovoltaic effect. Photovoltaic effect is the creation of an electric current within certain materials when exposed to the sun light.
The roof-mounted photovoltaic modules will supply a portion of the electricity needs of the buildings within Phase 1 of the landmark development and is installed by ‘Innovations Unlimited ME’.
Innovations Unlimited ME was established in 2009. Its headquarters is in Doha, with a branch office in Bahrain. The company provides innovative renewable energy products and services for both small and large scale projects.
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, significantly reducing the buildings’ carbon emissions.
The solar PV system will reduce total greenhouse gas emissions by 568 metric tones each year which is equivalent to 241,000 litres of gasoline consumed.
“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,” said Abdulla Hassan al- Mehshadi, chief executive officer at Msheireb Properties.
When the project is complete, it will comprise 5,200 solar panels across a total of 8,400sq m of onsite energy production in the form of both electricity and hot water.