Laurent Longuet: COVID-19 impact on SirajPower operations "very limited"

SirajPower has currently put new solar deals “on hold”, while the ones that entered final stages are being carried out

Laurent Longuet, CEO of SirajPower
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Laurent Longuet, CEO of SirajPower

The global outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic having massively affected several sectors across the world including, construction, real estate, hospitality, and entertainment, the energy and solar sectors too have felt the pinch.

Speaking about the impact of the pandemic on the solar energy sector, chief executive officer of Dubai-based SirajPower, Laurent Longuet, said: “The energy and solar sectors are as exposed to the ongoing disruptions caused by COVID-19 as any other sector in the market.”

“To date, the government has taken strong decisions to mitigate any impact and support the economy, and this was done in a controlled manner. This is a new time for resilience and the UAE has demonstrated in the past their capacity to overcome challenges.”

Commenting on the impact of COVID-19 on SirajPower’s operations, Longuet said that the pandemic has had a “very limited impact” on the company’s operations.

He added that the company has a large portfolio and most of the construction and operation of its solar rooftop systems were “already in place”.

Longuet stressed that its employees have been adhering to the hygiene guidelines set by the local authority and the company.

SirajPower, which recently completed the construction and installation of solar panels for Dubai-headquartered global operator of ports DP World’s staff accommodation in Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) East and West, has currently put new solar deals “on hold”, meanwhile the ones that had entered final stages are being carried out accordingly.

With the global market situation most companies would look into ways to bring down their operations costs. Longuet said that because of this private sector firms would further look into innovative models such as the leasing scheme that SirajPower has been providing.

He concluded: “COVID-19 may have shaken the world and its priorities, but sustainability will continue to dominate debates.”

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