Four Egyptian museums and archaeological sites go green with solar energy

Nevine El-Aref , Tuesday 22 Aug 2023

Solar energy stations have been installed at four museums and archaeological sites in Egypt, marking a significant step towards greener and more sustainable tourism and heritage preservation



These four sites are the Mohamed Aly Palace in Manial and Giza Plateau Visitor Centre, both in the Greater Cairo area, and the Alexandria National Museum and the Jewelleries Museum in Alexandria.

Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), explained that the installation is the result of an agreement signed in November 2022 during the 27th UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) between the SCA and a number of international development and cultural preservation bodies.

He explained that solar energy is a sustainable and more economically feasible alternative than electricity provided from the grid. This will contribute to preserving, protecting and rehabilitating Egypt’s cultural heritage and help to achieve the country’s sustainable development strategy 2030, he added.

Hisham Samir, assistant to the minister of tourism and antiquities for archaeological projects, pointed out that the solar energy stations have a total capacity of about 85 kilowatts and are connected to the electrical grid.

Next up is the Sharm El-Sheikh National Museum, which is slated to receive a solar energy station in September.

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