An-Najah University as Catalyst for Eco-Sustainable Renovation in Higher Education Institutions
As the world is fighting climate change and exploring alternative ways to generate energy, An-Najah National University (ANNU) is prioritizing the use of renewable energy for generating electricity for its buildings and classrooms as part of its sustainable campus initiatives. The University considers Solar Energy and Sustainable building for its mission towards sustainable campus. The Med-EcoSuRe project, funded by the European Union under the ENI CBC Med Programme, offers an innovative approach to the definition and diffusion of cost-effective energy renovation within university buildings.
Through the Energy Research Center at the University, partner of Med-EcoSuRe project , a photovoltaic solar plant was implemented on the roof top of some of the University's buildings with a capacity of 165 kW.
The University will benefit from this project by reducing the emissions by around 330 ton of CO2 per year and reducing the University electricity bill by 357 MWh per year. Also, the project will result in reducing the use of diesel fuel during the long hours of electricity cuts to provide better services to its students and staff.
Through such pioneering projects, the Med-EcoSuRe project's partners and ANNU have jointly helped update and change the Palestinian higher education institutions' policies for Sustainable Development and renewable energy.
The University now has a plan to depend on solar energy by covering at least 80% of the total energy consumption, noting that the rate at the present time has reached 30-40%, and this contributed to saving on the University high electricity bill.