Shell unveils the Oman’s first solar schools

Shell Development Oman launched its ‘Solar into Schools’ initiative today at a ceremony held at the Um al Fadhil School for Basic Education in Birkat Al Mouz, Nizwa. The ceremony was held under the patronage of Her Excellency Dr. Madiha bint Ahmed Al Shaibaniya, Minister of Education, and was attended by a number of officials and dignitaries from Al Dakhliya Governorate as well as the school’s staff and students, and Shell’s management and staff.

The ‘Solar into Schools’ initiative is part of Shell’s ‘Gift to the Nation’ in which Shell committed to train small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and contract them to install solar systems into 22 schools across all governorates of the Sultanate in the coming few years.

The completed pilot schools include the Um Al Fadhil School in Nizwa, Sultan Qaboos School in Al Buraimi and Khawlah Bint Al-Hakeem School in Salalah. These three public schools are the nation’s first completely solar-powered educational facilities.

Each school’s solar installation should reduce its grid-supplied electricity demand by at least 150 megawatt hours per year, which is approximately equivalent to the energy needed to power hundreds of residential homes in Oman each year. In addition, each solar school will reduce around 100 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year.