Swiss International School Dubai switches to solar power

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The school will install 1,366 solar panels over the summer break that will meet a quarter of the school’s energy needs 

Dubai, June 15, 2023: Swiss International School Dubai is installing solar panels. The panels, which will be installed over the summer break, will deliver enough energy to meet a quarter of the school’s energy needs.  

The school has partnered with the UAE-based sustainable energy provider for businesses, Yellow Door Energy for the installation of solar panels. Yellow Door Energy will install 1,366 solar panels, which will be enough to provide shading to 200 parking spots at the school, over the summer break. 

Alexander Varghese, School Head of Operations says, “We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Yellow Door Energy to equip our parking lot with solar panels. As we gear up for the summer holidays, we are eagerly preparing for the installation of solar panels on our brand-new carport. This solar lease signifies our unwavering commitment to sustainability, renewable energy and embracing the Year of Sustainability. 

The installation measures around 3,000 square metres – larger than three tennis courts – and will generate around 1,300 megawatt-hours of clean energy in the first year of operation, offsetting 920 metric tonnes of carbon emissions.  

The system will produce 30,680 megawatt-hours of clean energy over its expected lifetime of 25 years, avoiding 21,700 metric tonnes of carbon emissions. The project is expected to be energised in October 2023.  

“By installing the solar panels, we are taking a significant step towards reducing our carbon footprint and promoting environmental responsibility. This initiative allows us to generate clean and green electricity right here on our premises, reducing our reliance on conventional energy sources and making a positive impact on the community,” Varghese adds.  

“As we have a mission to prepare our students to become fully-rounded 21st century global citizens, it’s vital we ensure they always act with sustainability in mind. Our team and students have already embraced some wonderful initiatives, from saving water initiatives to our eco-friendly mud garden.  

As the solar developer, Yellow Door Energy is responsible for financing, designing, building, commissioning, operating, and maintaining the solar plant for the duration of the lease.  

Jeremy Crane, CEO & Founder of Yellow Door Energy, says “Sustainability and education go hand in hand, and we are honoured that our solar project will contribute to Swiss International School Dubai’s sustainability vision. This project aligns with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals of providing Quality Education as well as Affordable and Clean Energy.”