KFAS launches its second solar energy project at Al-Adaylia Co-op
KFAS launched the second phase of its project to introduce power generation using photovoltaics in Al-Adaylia Co-op, Sunday 26 March 2017. The event was attended by H.E. Ms. Hind Al-soobeh, Minister of Social Affairs and labor and the Secretary of State for Economic Affairs, and KFAS Director General Dr. Adnan Ahmad Shihab El-din, and other dignitaries.
During this event, KFAS Director General Dr. Adnan Ahmad Shihab El-din welcomed the participants and said that maximizing energy generation using photovoltaics in Al Adaylia Co-op is one of the pilot projects funded by KFAS among its initiatives to accelerate solar energy utilization. This project also comes as a response to the directives of H.H. the Amir of the State of Kuwait, and the Chairman of KFAS Board of Directors, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, to give priority to the use of renewable energy sources in Kuwait. The project comes as a realization of H.H. the Amir’s vision of reaching the target of 15% of the electricity generation from renewable energy by 2030. Dr. Shihab El-din noted that the total expected savings in electricity by using solar panels and refitting the lighting systems at Al Adaylia co-op will reach 1,300 MWh annually. This saving will provide electricity for more than 16 homes each year, and saves nearly 1000 barrels of oil a year as well as reduce carbon dioxide emissions by a minimum of 1,200 tons annually. This will result in real savings to the State annual budget equivalent to KD 40,000.
Dr. Shihab El-din reiterated that the Foundation has adopted initiatives to achieve the objective of spreading and expanding the use of renewable energy applications in Kuwait. KFAS initiatives were made in coordination with the General Secretariat of the SCPD, to include mega projects in the development plan for 2017-2021, that include supply, installation, and operation of photovoltaic cells in 10 cooperatives and 1,500 homes.
The initiative was approved and its budget allocated. The implementation phase will start this year in cooperation with The National Technology Enterprises Company (NTEC) as a principal partner, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research as a science partner, as well as the Ministry of electricity and water, as a strategic partner.
It is noteworthy to mention that Al Adaylia Co-op project was launched after the success of the first phase of the Al-Zahra Co-op project, inaugurated in May last year.