- First building in the UAE to have coloured photovoltaic solar panels
Dubai Investments PJSC [DFM: DIC], the leading, diversified investments company listed on the Dubai Financial Market, is installing the first-of-its-kind coloured KromatixTM panels for a kindergarten building by Dubai Municipality in Al Twar, Dubai, through its joint venture entity Emirates Insolaire LLC.
The building will be the first in the UAE to have a coloured solar façade, designed and executed by Emirates Insolaire. The building façade totals 2,000 square metres. As part of its commitment to UAE’s sustainability mission, Dubai Investments has provided a total of 800 KromatixTM active and passive panels.
The attractive façade of the kindergarten is accentuated with solar panels by Emirates Insolaire in different colours, including Green, Blue, White, Orange and Red, which offers the building a never-seen-before, colourful aesthetic look.
With the KromatixTM panels, the kindergarten fulfils the criteria to be certified as a LEED [Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design] building.
Khalid Bin Kalban, Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Investments, said: “Dubai Investments is committed to collaborate with Dubai Municipality to implement sustainable projects in Dubai. This is part of the company’s pledge to support the UAE Vision 2021 towards a sustainable future. The kindergarten is the first of many projects that Dubai Investments and Emirates Insolaire are working with Dubai Municipality.”
He added: “Through Emirates Insolaire, Dubai Investments expects to play a pivotal role in the solar sector growth in a big way across Dubai, the UAE and the region.”
Eng. Marwan Abdulla Al Mohammed, Director of General Projects Department at Dubai Municipality, said: “Dubai Municipality supports the leadership’s sustainability commitment in every aspect of its operations, from sustainable urban planning to green buildings. The kindergarten project with photovoltaic, coloured solar panels from Dubai Investments is a major step forward in this journey and part of the endeavour to pursue a more sustainable development model.”
Rafic Hanbali, Managing Partner of Emirates Insolaire, said: “The Company has considered as a priority to address schools and universities all over the world. This is part of the objective to help students understand and consider solar energy as part of their lives from a very young age, the way children today experience Information Technology as part of their lives. KromatixTM constitutes the skin of the buildings where the children spend their learning days. Emirates Insolaire has so far completed six educational buildings across the world and others are on the way.”
Emirates Insolaire has completed installation of its solar PV modules in several locations across the world, including Lausanne, Basel, Leysin, Austria, Zurich, Copenhagen, Brazil and Germany. Emirates Insolaire’s coloured and sustainable solar panels can be adapted to any façade and roof of a house or building – commercial, residential or skyscraper.
The project mirrors the surging demand for solar panel technology across the region and globe. According to an analysis by Frost and Sullivan, the Gulf Cooperation Council [GCC] countries are expected to increase their installed solar capacity 50-fold between 2015 and 2025.