First Solar Power Station Inaugurated at An-Najah University
On Sunday, November 8, 2020, An-Najah National University inaugurated the first solar power station "An-Najah" with a capacity of 995 kilowatts, a project that will meet the energy needs of An-Najah University and will contribute to providing it with electricity through permanent and clean energy.
This project (An-Najah's Solar Power Station) was set up and implemented by Sartaba Trade & Contracting Company (SATCO), in collaboration with the Northern Electricity Distribution Company under the supervision of the University's Energy Research Center.
In previous years, An-Najah has played a significant role in advocating for the deployment of renewable energy in Palestine through several implemented renewable energy projects, and it continues to do so.These efforts are fully in line with the Global Sustainable Development Agenda(SDG’s 2030), specifically SGD 7 and the University's strategic plan.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by Prof. Rami Hamdallah, Vice Chairman of An-Najah's Board of Trustees and a number of the Board's members, Prof. Maher Natsheh, University President, president assistants, faculty deans, and department heads as well as a number of An-Najah's academic and administrative staff and representatives of official institutions in Nablus Governorate.
The project is one of the most important and bold strides taken the University in shaping the energy sector, especially with regard to intensifying its efforts of scaling up the production of renewable energy and curbing the effects of climate change.
A large number of solar panel systems in An-Nassariya Village (Sumait plain) has been installed. The solar power station is expected to help reduce electricity bills by 20-25%.
Also, the project will be responsible for contributing to the clean energy which An-Najah has started to contribute to through several implemented projects by the University's Energy Research Center. Furthermore, it will contribute in reducing the energy consumption in Nablus City.
"We need to harness such pioneer projects in building an inclusive and sustainable green economy. Protecting and preserving our environment is important for us and is one of An-Najah's goals. Moreover, the building of sustainable, vibrant, and clean communities is another one of our goals within the context of An-Najah sustainable development agenda." Prof. Hamdallah said.
He added:" This is a significant step taken by the University to harness solar energy and use it to meet the power supply requirement of the University."
The project is a sound example of outstanding Public-Private Partnership supporting technology development in the renewable energy sector. It is an example of the positive collaboration among public and private institutions for the purpose of ecological technological advancement in renewables.