The Italian Embassy in Abu Dhabi has now renewable energy thanks to the cooperation between the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a division of Italian multinational energy company Enel, Enel Green Power S.p.A., headquartered in Rome. The installation of two solar PV power plants that rely on 216 thin-film photovoltaic modules was just completed at the Italian Embassy in Abu Dhabi, as part of the Green Embassy project.
The International Cooperation Ministry’s Green Embassy initiative provided the Embassy of Italy in Abu Dhabi with solar PV power plants with a combined installed capacity of 27 kWp, (the power plants provide respectively 17 kWp and 10 kWp). They are already up-and-running on the roofs and in the car park; this small-scale use of solar power provides the Embassy just the right solar photovoltaic technology to produce around 48,000 kWh per year, and can cover approximately one fifth of the Embassy’s annual energy needs. In addition, using the sun’s light to produce electricity to fulfill energy requirements will avoid the emission of around 35,000 tonnes of CO2 each year.
The system will also reduce electrical energy bills while making use of a widely available resource in the emirate: sunlight. In addition, being attached to the city power grid, the Embassy might be able to supply excess power output.
The use of solar energy within the UAE is widespread thanks to the vision of its leaders who supported several investments and green energy projects including the progressive installation of energy-efficient lightning and the aim to have solar panels installed on the roofs of all buildings by 2030 to promote energy efficiency. The Emirates are really being leaders in green economy and a center for the export and re-export of green products, technologies and systems which will support a clean, healthy and sustainable environment.
Enel CEO Francesco Starace mentioned that the “Green Embassy projects also give us the opportunity to showcase our technology leadership in the renewables sector and open up our energy to the world, in line with our Open Power strategy.”
The PV installation is in line with a series of projects for businesses to “securely and reliably” generate power with the sun being the source to reduce the building’s environmental footprint and show how conservation and energy efficiency can be higher; hopefully, the impact of this solar PV panels project will stimulate the roll out of other solar power initiatives in the emirate in other international embassies.
Energy demand in UAE is growing so ambitious solar energy goals can be both practical and cost-effective, allowing getting rid of current electricity plants that run on gas. Harvesting solar power using photovoltaic panels is a visionary smart investment in the long run, said He and Razan Al Mubarak, secretary-general of the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi. The UAE authority is currently evaluating bids for more solar photovoltaic plants which support the UAE Vision 2021, to make the emirates one of the leading countries in green economy.