Cleanmax Solar completes rooftop plant at Indian Academy Dubai

Newly built plant at Dubai school's Al Qusais campus to offset 70% of energy consumption and cut 135 tons of CO2 emissions

Indian Academy Dubai's Al Qusais campus.
Cleanmax Solar
Indian Academy Dubai's Al Qusais campus.

The Indian Academy Dubai school, in line with the directives of Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 – launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai in November 2015, according to the UAE Government’s official portal – has completed the establishment of a 192kW rooftop solar power plant at its Al Qusais campus with Indian company Cleanmax Solar.

The rooftop plant spans three of Indian Academy Dubai’s buildings in Al Qusais, and will generate 307,000kWh units of electricity each year, helping offset 70% of the school’s energy requirements through solar and cutting 135 tons of CO2 emissions each year.

In the event of excess electricity being produced through the solar power plant, Indian Academy Dubai will supply the power to Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s (Dewa) grids – allowing it to use the excess as credits against its future electricity bills – as part of Dewa’s Shams Dubai initiative.

Commenting on the project, Cleanmax Solar Mena’s co-founder and chief executive officer, Sushant Arora, said: “This project makes Indian Academy one of the first schools in Dubai to adopt solar technology, and the first to do so at this scale.

“We set up the rooftop solar power plant under our build, own, and operate model, [through which] we invested in and will operate the solar power plant over a 20-year period while the school pays us every month for the electricity generated from the plant, creating energy cost savings for the school and a return on investments for us.”

Indian Academy Dubai’s principal, Susan Varghese, added: “We’re thrilled that our vision to go green has now started translating into reality.

“The solar plant will not only benefit the school commercially, by helping us to economise on our electricity bills, but also, more importantly, serve as an example to our students, their parents and the larger community that gradual progression to environmental sustainability is the socially responsible way to go.

“The renewable energy industry has grown tremendously in the past decade and will undoubtedly employ a much larger percentage of the global workforce in the future. Therefore, having a solar plant that our students can directly engage with and experience first-hand will provide them with extensive opportunities to learn more about renewable energy and help those interested in pursuing rewarding careers in this rapidly expanding field.”

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