As part of its 5th Gift to The Nation initiative, Shell Development Oman awarded three contracts to two Omani small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to carry out the installations into schools in the pilot phase of ‘Solar into Schools’ project. The pilot school sites are located in 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 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 will install solar panels into the Um al Fathel girls public school in Nizwa, while Hussam Technology Company is going to install into Sultan Qaboos School, a boys public school in 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 aspiring 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 and delivered by an internationally recognised solar expert, Dr Sean White.