PACE to design $18m solar plant in Kuwait

Plant will include PV solar panel arrays, thermal water heating

A 1MW experimental solar power plant is being incorporated into the College of Basic Education in Ardiyah, Kuwait.
A 1MW experimental solar power plant is being incorporated into the College of Basic Education in Ardiyah, Kuwait.

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Architectural consultancy Pan Arab Consulting Engineers (PACE) has won a design contract for an $18m, 1MW experimental solar power plant at the College of Basic Education in Ardiyah, adjacent to the Jaber Al Ahmad Stadium.

The campus comprises 32 buildings covering an area of 450,000m2, with an open roof space of 40,000m2.

The buildings feature skylights and curtain walls to maximise daylighting and reduce indoor lighting levels, in addition to a BMS to monitor energy use and centralised cooling plant to provide chilled water for cooling and irrigation.

The experimental plant will include applications such as photovoltaic solar panel arrays, photovoltaic film arrays, thermal water heaters and stand-alone external light fittings.

“PACE is pleased to be part of a project that combines the efforts of both the public and the private sectors,” said MD Tarek Shuaib.

Apart from providing services to more than 8,000 students, the project will also offer them the opportunity to understand the importance of solar energy, sustainability and green building.

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