A. Voivenel, Senior Vice President, Operations and Development for the
Middle East, Africa and India for Swiss-Belhotel International, made a
special presentation on the ‘Future of Solar Power in Hotels’ at The Big
5 Solar conference held in Dubai recently.
believes increasing awareness about solar power can lead to significant
benefits for the hotel industry. He stressed, “To take advantage of
evolving solar technology greater collaboration is required among
various stakeholders of the building design and construction process,
such as building owners, developers, architects, building material
suppliers, regulatory authorities and specialized PV/BIPV industry
experts. It is important to start a dialogue between all parties, so we
can all collaborate for a better future.”
energy is a global phenomenon and the adoption of solar PV systems in
the Middle East is starting to accelerate which will soon lead to a more
diversified national energy supply portfolio. New business models for
solar energy production and distribution are emerging. Several countries
across the Middle East region have set steep capacity installation
targets over the next 10 to 15 years. Given its increasing
affordability, the applications and use of solar energy have broadened
and can also be implemented in hotels.
said, “Innovations in solar energy technology are rapidly changing both –
the solar industry as well as the way we embrace solar energy. Solar
requires investment but it has tremendous financial and ecological
benefits too. The development of innovative design concepts is essential
for energy efficiency in hotel buildings for both new and existing
stock. Hotel designers need to rebalance the relationship between
architecture and nature with the goal of increasing the quality of life.
We know wind and solar power will dominate power mix by 2050. We expect
to see greater adoption of solar in hotels as well.”
are multiple factors that are driving solar energy solutions in the
urban sector. In order to prepare for an urban influx of 2 billion
people by 2050, it is critical to create cities that are low-carbon,
resilient and affordable.
According to recent
reports, the UAE is among the world’s top investors in clean energy and
is set to invest AED 600 billion by 2050 in the sector with a target to
have 75 per cent of the total power output from it. Mohammed Bin Rashid
Solar Park has announced plans to build one of the world’s largest solar
energy plants, which will be able to generate 5GW of power by 2030.
Similarly, the GCC’s installed solar capacity is expected to reach 76GW
by 2020. Egypt is hoping to put 2,650MW of photovoltaic (PV) capacity
online by 2020. Morocco is aiming for 600MW while Jordan has 540MW of PV
projects under construction.
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