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UAE’s first coloured solar panel façade installed in Dubai

The Dubai kindergarten's solar façade is made up of 800 colourful photovoltaic panels

The Dubai faade features 800 coloured solar panels.
The Dubai faade features 800 coloured solar panels.

A kindergarten in Al Twar is being fitted with what could be the UAE’s first colourful solar panel façade, according to Dubai Investments PJSC.

The investment firm is installing the 2,000m² coloured solar panel façade through its joint venture Emirates Insolaire.

Dubai Investments said it had provided 800 green, blue, red, orange, and white Kromatix solar panels to the kindergarten, and described the building as the first in the country to have a colourful photovoltaic façade.

With the solar panels, the kindergarten fulfils the criteria to be certified as a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) building.

READ: Bahrain signs deal to utilise solar energy in public areas

Emirates Insolaire's plan to install coloured solar panels on buildings in the emirate were outlined by Dubai Investments in October 2017.

Emirates Insolaire has already installed coloured solar panel systems in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland.

Commenting on the installation in the UAE, Eng Marwan Abdulla Al Mohammed, director of the general projects department, Dubai Municipality (DM), said the coloured solar panel façade marked a “major step forward” in the emirate’s vision to “pursue a more sustainable development model”.

Managing director and chief executive officer of Dubai Investments, Khalid Bin Kalban, said the project demonstrated the diversified investment firm’s willingness to work with DM on sustainability initiatives.

“This is part of the company’s pledge to support the UAE Vision 2021 towards a sustainable future,” he said. “The kindergarten is the first of many projects that Dubai Investments and Emirates Insolaire are working with Dubai Municipality [on].”

Kalban said Dubai Investments intended to “play a pivotal role in the solar sector growth in a big way across Dubai, the UAE, and the region.”

Managing partner of Emirates Insolaire, Rafic Hanbali, said equipping schools and universities with solar panels was a “priority” for the company.

He said the business had completed six projects all over the world and suggested “others are on the way”.

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