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Shell Development Oman has awarded three contracts to two Omani SMEs to carry out the installations in schools for the pilot phase of ‘Solar into Schools’ project
The pilot school sites are located in Al Buraimi, Nizwa and Salalah, with a fourth pilot school site located in Muscat to be announced in due course.
‘Solar into Schools’ project was identified as one of the two initiatives announced under Shell’s 5th Gift to The Nation in 2015. In collaboration with Oman’s Ministry of Education, Shell is contracting with Omani solar SMEs to install solar photovoltaic (PV) panels into 22 public schools across the sultanate over the next few years.
Fajwa for Solar Energy Solutions Systems LLC will install solar panels into the Um Al Fathel girls public school in Nizwa, while Hussam Technology Company LLC is going to install into Sultan Qaboos School, a boys public school in Al Buraimi and Khawala bint Hakim School, a girls public school in Salalah. Procurement activities by the two Omani solar SMEs have already commenced, with the first three pilot sites anticipated to be operational in early to mid-2017.
Last year, a group of Omani entrepreneurs, interested in developing their solar business, attended a training course on the fundamentals of solar photovoltaic (PV) technology that was hosted by Shell Development Oman. The intensive five-day training provided participants with the basic fundamentals they need to design install, and operate photovoltaic systems safely. The training helped equip Omani solar SMEs with the knowledge and skills they need for the next phase of Shell’s ‘Solar into Schools’ project or other solar projects the SMEs are pursuing.
Chris Breeze, Shell Country chairman in Oman, said, “We, at Shell, are very pleased to support Oman’s budding solar ecosystem through the ‘Solar into Schools’ initiative. Upon completion of the solar PV training course, the project tender was released for the Omani SMEs in the market to compete. A total of seven SMEs participated with their bids, out of which two have been identified and selected for contract award for the pilot stage of the project. Shell is committed to enterprise development in Oman and to help the country meet its growing energy needs in a responsible and sustainable way.”