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Massader School Rooftop PV Program (West Bank and Gaza)


Titre : Massader School Rooftop PV Program (West Bank and Gaza)

Pays : Palestine

Date : 2019

Numéro projet  : 40641

The proposed investment is for the financing of rooftop photovoltaic (PV) solar project of a capacity of up to 35 megawatt peak (MWp) to be installed on up to 500 public schools located across the West Bank (the “Project”) at a total cost of up to US$35 million. A portion of the electricity generated from the project will be consumed by the schools with the rest to be exported to the electricity grid in the West Bank.
The project covers schools in the following regions : Jenin, Qabatia, Tubas, Nablus, Ramallah and Al-Bireh, Al Ram, Salfeet, Bethlehem and Hebron. The project will be implemented in phases of circa 40 schools with work awarded to different Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractors. A pilot program, “Phase 1” construction, which covers 30 schools and 2.45MWp of capacity has already started. The remaining phases will be procured and implemented over the next three years. Massader is currently shortlisting EPC contractors for the subsequent phases. The EPC contractors for the pilot program have already been selected – a joint venture (JV) between 3K & Abaad was awarded 10 schools, while a JV between Sunergy & Wathba was awarded the other 20 schools. The DisCos are expected to play the role of the Operations & Maintenance (“O&M”) provider for the schools in their respective coverage area.
The installations will occur on the roofs of 2-3 story school buildings. Construction will last approximately five-months per school. There will be no substation developed as part of this project. Each rooftop installation will connect to the low voltage distribution networks present on-site. The schools are a mixture of girls, boys and mixed, public schools, and are all within urban areas. The project is expected to address a key challenge that has been suppressing economic development in the Palestinian Territories, namely the lack of domestic energy sources. As well as introducing a renewable source and reducing supply outages, schools will benefit from an additional saving in electricity costs. The project is projected to generate up to an estimated 250 jobs in the West Bank where the unemployment rate is amongst the highest in the region. The use of existing rooftops also avoids any reduction in scarce and expensive land available for other land uses, such as agriculture.


Financement : International Finance Corporation IFC
Budget : US$35 million

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

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