Egypt’s JW Marriott Hotel launched its roof-top solar power station on Saturday, a statement by the United Nations Information Centre in Cairo said.
The solar energy station has a capacity of 150 KW and was established through technical and financial support from the UNDP-GEF Grid Connected Small Scale Photovoltaic System Project, which is implemented by the Industrial Modernization Center.
The objective of the project is to support expansion of roof-top solar energy systems in residential, commercial and industrial buildings and develop the small-sale renewable energy technology market in Egypt.
The launch was marked by a ceremony attended by Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Mohamed Shaker, Minister of Tourism Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of Environment Yasmin Fouad, Executive Director of the Industrial Modernization Center Ahmed Taha, and UNDP Resident Representative Randa Aboul-Hosn.
According to the statement, Aboul-Hosn said the project supports the implementation of the country’s sustainable development strategy and capitalises on Egypt’s abundant solar energy.
The solar station is the first solar energy station that the UNDP-GEF project has implemented at a hotel in Cairo.
It is hoped it will help encourage the hotel sector in Egypt to establish similar stations, according to the statement.