Jordan Hospital to make switch to solar with new power plant
Yellow Door Energy (YDE), a Dubai-based firm that invests in and operates distributed solar and energy efficiency assets, has announced the signing of an agreement with Jordan Hospital to build, develop and operate a 4.7 MWp PV solar power plant. The partnership comes as part of Jordan Hospital's efforts to reduce its CO2 footprint by moving to electricity generated from renewable energy sources.
Dr. Abdullah Al-Bashir, General Manager of Jordan Hospital and Jeremy Crane, CEO of Yellow Door Energy signed the agreement recently in Amman.
"As part of the hospital’s energy diversification strategy, we are looking at, meeting our electricity needs through power generated by natural resources and, in doing so, reducing our carbon footprint and greenhouse emissions,” said Ahmad Khattab, Managing Director of Jordan Hospital. “The project will contribute towards meeting the hospital’s medium and long-term electricity needs, as it is scheduled to be connected to the grid by 2017. The highly-anticipated project is expected to encourage other public and private sector companies to generate renewable energy and rely on it in the future."
Jeremy Crane, CEO of Yellow Door Energy, said: "Jordan has always been at the forefront of countries seeking to make the most of natural resources, and through its investments in this area, the Kingdom has made remarkable progress. Yellow Door Energy is committed to enabling companies to save energy and reduce their electricity cost and is proud to be part of the further development of this approach in Jordan. In addition to helping reduce operating costs, the project will enable the hospital to serve as a successful model for promoting renewable energy projects in Jordan and abroad.”
Meroun Green Solutions Co., a leader in providing smart and innovative green solutions in the area of clean development projects, will oversee the construction of the project and its implementation, leveraging the advanced global innovations in the fields of renewable energy and energy management.
Sameeh Abushanab, CEO of Meroun Green Solutions Co., said: “This project covering over 67 dunams comes in response to the growing demand for electricity locally. The project will provide the hospital with a capacity of 4.7 MWp and is expected to be fully operational by 2017”.
Yellow Door Energy’s operations are fully compliant with the net metering and wheeling regulations in Jordan and Dubai. The legislation allows companies to generate energy and make use of solar power.
All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.
According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.
Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.
“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."
He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."
North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).
The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.