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Kuwait to build first-ever solar power station

$16m project will reinforce principles of clean energy

Kuwait's first-ever solar power station will be operational by 2013.
Kuwait's first-ever solar power station will be operational by 2013.

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Work is to begin on designing Kuwait’s first-ever solar energy station, the Public Authority for Applied Sciences and Training (PAAST) has announced.

Developed in cooperation with Kuwaiti firm Pan Arab Consulting Engineers (PACE), the $16.16m project is set to be completed in 2013, according to the Kuwait News Agency.

PACE will provide the initial design for the energy complex, which will situated in the PAAST campus in the Aradiya industrial area of Kuwait City.

The project is aimed at reinforcing the principles of clean energy and alternative power sources, PAAET said.

In addition, the engineering consultancy said it would look to utilise the roofs of several colleges and learning facilities to provide maximum exposure for the station’s solar cells, so as to allow them to absorb as much energy as possible, and convert it to electricity.

The move to establish a solar pwer station in Kuwait comes as part of a GCC-wide shift towards solar energy, led by Qatar, the UAE and Saudi Arabia, three of the largest adopters of the technology so far.

Although the growth of the technology has been slow, especially when compared to the likes of Germany and Spain, there has been a significant uptake in its use, pointing to a boom over the next decade, experts have said.

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