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Zayed Future Energy Prize 2013 High School winner installs solar systems

posted on 29/06/2013: 2361 views


Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Bangladesh Islamia School, the 2013 winner of the Zayed Future Energy Prize's Global High Schools category for the Asia region, has marked a milestone in its award-winning sustainability project with the installation of rooftop solar-power systems. The 11.52 KW grid-type smart photo-voltaic system will aim to supply 30 percent of the school's energy needs, mainly for lighting and cooling.

To mark the occasion, an inauguration ceremony was held at the Abu Dhabi-based school in the presence of officials, including Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Director-General of the Zayed Future Energy Prize and Chief Executive of Masdar and Razan Al Mubarak, Secretary-General of the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi.

Marking the occasion, Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber said, "Our founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, believed that the real asset of any advanced nation is its educated people. Taking this legacy forward, the UAE leadership has ensured that the Zayed Future Energy Prize answers to that legacy and places focus on the education of future generations through the Global High Schools category.

"We believe that education can power renewable energy. We commend Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Bangladesh Islamia School for the successful completion of the first phase of their award-winning project. The installation of the solar systems not only marks an important milestone for the school, but it will also serve as an inspiration to like-minded institutions in the UAE and abroad." "I would also like to commend the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi Education Council for the progress on their Sustainable Schools Initiative which has contributed tremendously to promoting environmental sustainability among schools in Abu Dhabi. The initiative has helped schools understand and address their own environmental footprint and created a tangible change in behaviour of the school community and beyond," added Dr. Al Jaber.

Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Bangladesh Islamia School is the first UAE-based entity to receive the Zayed Future Energy Prize and the first school to win in the Global High School category for the Asia region. Its prize-winning proposal outlines the school's ambition to become carbon neutral through efficient cooling systems, grid-type smart photo-voltaic systems and solar batteries. The project also aims to achieve improved cooling throughout the school by integrating the new technology with traditional Arab building methods.

Mir Anisul Hasan, Principal of the Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Bangladesh Islamia School, said, "As a school with roots in the UAE, the home of our beloved founding father, our selection as winner for the Prize is an exceptional honor. The Global High Schools category reaches out to schools and students with the simple but powerful message that every student holds the capacity to make a difference. The Prize's underlying philosophy will serve as a source of inspiration to students worldwide." Zayed Future Energy Prize, the world's preeminent award for excellence in renewable energy and sustainability, is a US$4 million prize awarded annually to organisations, schools and individuals that have made significant contributions to the future of energy, sustainability and climate change. In five years, the Prize has awarded 21 innovators and impacted communities across the world.

The Zayed Future Energy Prize embodies the vision of the late founding father of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who laid the foundation for renewable energy and sustainability as part of his legacy in sustainable development in the UAE. An annual award, the Prize is managed by Masdar on behalf of the Abu Dhabi government and seeks to award achievements and innovation in the fields of renewable energy and sustainability, as well as to educate and inspire future generations. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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