Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Bangladesh Islamia School, Abu Dhabi, was established in 1980 and caters to classes between KG and Grade XII.
The school actively participates in the Sustainable Schools Initiative and other programmes organised by the Environment Agency, Abu Dhabi. Apart from conservation measures like switching off electricity when unnecessary and efficient use of daylight, planting of trees to create a microclimate of lower temperature, the school has already reduced energy consumption by 15%, replacing existing lights with energy efficient ones.
The school proposes to introduce solar panels on the spacious roof top to supply solar energy for the school. They have chosen the ABT1 Platform because:
1. It can change its direction according to that of the sunlight for harvesting optimum energy.
2. The solar grid will be connected to the main electricity grid so that PV generated energy may be deducted from the conventional electricity usage.
The first phase will supply all the energy demands of the school, except airconditioning.
In the second phase, the school plans to use solar energy to power the AC’s. However, as it may not be sufficient by the solar panel alone to fully cover the AC requirements, the school intends to further explore the possibilities of reducing power requirement by means of other innovative methods such as passive cooling. The school hopes to reduce another 35-40% of energy usage.