Barwa Real Estate – Qatar's largest property developer – has selected Qatar Solar Technologies (QSTec) to provide 136 solar modules in a passivhaus (passive house) project in the Western Asian nation.
These involve monocrystalline silicon panels which provide electricity, while unused power gets sent to the power grid of Kahramaa (Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation.) The panels produce some 58,000 kWh of electricity a year. That also lessens emissions from Qatar’s carbon footprint.
Overall, Qatar will install 1.8GW of solar power during the next few years.
“QSTec aims to bring solar into the mainstream of Qatar’s energy mix” Khalid K. Al Hajri, QSTec chairman and CEO, said in a company statement. “Solar is recognized as Qatar’s primary renewable energy technology and an essential part of our sustainable energy future. Barwa’s Passivhaus-Baytna project will demonstrate that, by using solar and environmental technologies, you can build quality homes and buildings, complete with all the latest modern conveniences, while substantially reducing our carbon footprint and protecting the environment for future generations.”
As part of the initiative, two 225-square-meter villas will be constructed adjacent to each other in Barwa City. One structure will be made to meet one-star Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) standards. The passivhaus structure will use 50 percent lower energy and water. Energy use and environmental impact of the two villas will be compared in the study.
"QSTec and its partners are leading the way in providing high quality solar solutions to Qatar and the region and we are proud to be a part of this ground-breaking project," Al Hajri added in a statement carried by Elp.com.
Overall, deployment of renewable energy from wind, solar and biofuels worldwide increased during 2012. But revenue from the technology edged up only one percent worldwide to $249 billion during 2012, according to the Clean Energy (News - Alert) Trends 2013.
"We always knew each doubling of [solar PV] installation would reduce prices about 18%,” Clean Edge Founder Ron Pernick, was quoted by The Guardian newspaper in a report carried by TMCnet. In addition, solar PV installation revenue dropped by $12 billion to $80 billion – some 19 percent. In 2000, solar revenues were $2.5 billion.
Edited by Jamie Epstein