Initiatives

Our initiatives aim to enhance science technology and innovation in Kuwait and specifically finding new innovative solutions that address the challenges facing our country.

Establishing Solar Power as a New Reality in Kuwait

May 01, 2014

KFAS is a catalyst for dramatic changes in the Kuwaiti energy landscape. The foundation is accelerating the widespread adoption of renewable energy solutions to generate electricity and reduce Kuwait’s dependence on fuel oil as its main source of income, while minimizing the negative environmental effects that result from burning fossil fuels.

HH Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Amir of the State of Kuwait and the Chairman of KFAS’s Board of Directors, has issued directives to prioritize the use of renewable energy in Kuwait to reach the target of supplying 15%of peak electricity demand from renewable energy sources by 2030. KFAS initiated and funded pilot projects to promote and accelerate the use of solar energy for electrical power generation, in addition to raising public awareness about these technologies.

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Energy Efficiency and Photovoltaic Systems for Selected Cooperative Societies
The project promotes and accelerates the use of solar energy by installing photovoltaic (PV) systems in the car parks of selected co-operative societies. The project also aims at improving these co-ops’ energy efficiency by tackling their major sources of energy consumption: lighting and air conditioning systems. Display screens are also installed in the co-ops to show the amount of electrical energy being produced, providing a live demonstration to the public about the savings and impact of the project.



Our partners
The project is implemented in cooperation with the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, the National Technology Enterprises Company, the Ministry of Electricity and Water, Al-Zahra Co-operative Society, Al-Adailiya Co-operative Society, the Association of Co-operative Societies and the Nahtam Volunteer Team from the Voluntary Work Center. 

Zahra Co-Operative Society 
The installed capacity of the PV system is 780 kWp which can produce around 1,270 MWh of electrical energy annually.
This can:
• Meet the electricity needs of more than 16 homes for one year. 
• Save at least 780 barrels of oil per year.
• Reduce CO2 emissions by at least 1,150 tons per year.

Adailiya Co-Operative Society
The installed capacity of the PV system is 285 kWp, which can produce around 460 MWhr of electrical energy annually. 
This can:
• Meet the electricity needs of more than 5 homes for one year. 
• Save at least 280 barrels of oil per year.
• Reduce CO2 emissions by at least 410 tons per year.

Building integrated Solar PV for Kuwait Homes
This pilot project aims to design, construct, operate, and monitor rooftop grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) systems for a total of 150 Kuwaiti homes, at a rate of fifty (50) homes per year over the course of three years. This will actually investigate the feasibility of widespread deployment of photovoltaic systems in the residential sector. The project will serve to develop local capacity in the safe and proper installation, operation and maintenance of residential PV systems and it will be a test bed for future installations of residential PV systems.

Our partners
The project is implemented in cooperation with the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research and the Ministry of Electricity and Water, in addition to the Kuwait Municipality and the Public Authority for Housing Welfare.

PV Panels Already Installed for 150 Homes 
The installed capacity of the PV system for 150 homes is around 1.5 MWp, which can produce around 2,440 MWhr of electrical energy annually.
This can:
• Save at least 1,500 barrels of oil per year. 
• Reduce CO2 emissions by at least 2,200 tons per year.

Selection Criteria
• Reasonable available area 
• House is owned by the resident
• Homeowner has paid all electricity bills
• Homeowner will be responsible for system
• Homeowner deposits KD 1,000 as guarantee for system maintenance

Achieving the Goal On a Larger Scale
Based on the results and success of the pilot projects, KFAS has initiated disseminating and promoting renewable energy applications more broadly in Kuwaiti society. KFAS submitted similar project as initiative to supply, install and operate photovoltaic cells in 10 cooperatives and 1,500 homes in the current development plan in coordination with the General Secretariat of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development. The project will be implemented in cooperation with the National Technology Enterprises Company as the main partner, the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research as a technical partner and the Ministry of Electricity and Water as a strategic partner.

The project aims to help in reducing the peak load and increase the percentage of renewable energy used to meet Kuwait’s energy needs overall, while providing national capacity building in the field of solar energy and fulfil our commitment to the Paris Agreement COP21 by reducing carbon dioxide emissions that cause global warming.

* Notes on the units of measurement:
The unit kWp stands for kilowatt “peak,” the power that solar panels generate under standard conditions. This can also be measured in MWp, or megawatt “peak.” 
A MWh is a megawatt-hour, with 1 megawatt-hour equal to 1,000 kilowatt-hours. An MWh is the amount of electricity generated by a one megawatt (MW) electric generator, in this case a solar panel, producing electricity for one hour.