QSTec, Energy City Qatar ink solar tech deal
Doha, June 5, 2012
Qatar Solar Technologies (QSTec) and Energy City Qatar (ECQ) signed a memorandum of understanding towards incorporating solar panels and technologies into ECQ’s future developments.
By incorporating QSTec’s solar panels and technologies into its buildings, ECQ will meet national building standards such as QSAS and silver and gold LEED certifications; codes designed to encourage organizations to use environmentally friendly and sustainable energy sources in buildings.
Dr Khalid Klefeekh Al Hajri, chairman and CEO of QSTec, said: "QSTec is well on its way to building a brand new industry of solar energy for Qatar so we are pleased to be joining forces with Energy City Qatar, one of Qatar’s most important projects, to collaborate on developing solar solutions that meet their needs.”
“We aim to work with all Qatari organisations and institutions that are looking to utilise solar energy to become more sustainable. This MOU will see us working together to develop sustainable energy solutions that will have a positive effect on the environment and we expect to see many more local organisations adopting solar technologies in the future."
Rashid Nasser Sraiya Al Kaabi, chairman of ECQ stated, "Energy City Qatar was the first to implement the Green and Sustainable building concepts in Qatar. With both LEED and QSAS certifications, the concept and creation of ECQ stands on the firm grounds of sustainability.”
“We are delighted to see that green building and sustainable construction that includes the adoption of alternative energy systems is widely accepted and showing an upward trend in Qatar and the region.
“It is an honour to be the first real estate company to sign with QStec, a company that shares our vision in building a more sustainable future for our nation. We are advocates of the Qatar National Vision 2030 and we will seize every opportunity that will help realize this vision,” added Al Kaabi.
“Our city wide use of solar energy was originally designed to reach 6 megawatts (MW) but with this collaboration with QSTec we aim to increase Energy City’s use of solar power to 9 MW which represents around 15 per cent of the total energy usage at ECQ” said Al Kaabi.
QSTec will start by producing high quality, solar grade polysilicon; the key ingredient that goes into making the world’s most efficient solar technologies such as solar cells and modules that convert the power of the sun into energy.
This solar energy will provide a sustainable alternative source of energy whilst conserving and protecting Qatar’s natural resources for the future. – TradeArabia News Service