Emirates Insolaire, a joint venture of Dubai Investments, is installing the first-of-its-kind coloured Kromatix panels for a kindergarten building by Dubai Municipality in Al Twar, Dubai.
The building façade totals 2,000m2 and will be the first in the UAE to be coloured. The panels are designed and executed by Emirates Insolaire.
As part of its commitment to UAE’s sustainability mission, Dubai Investments has provided a total of 800 Kromatix active and passive panels.
The façade of the kindergarten is accentuated with solar panels by Emirates Insolaire in different colours, including green, blue, white, orange and red.
With the Kromatix panels, the kindergarten fulfils the criteria to be certified as a LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) building.
Khalid Bin Kalban, managing director and CEO of Dubai Investments, said that the kindergarten is "the first of many projects that Dubai Investments and Emirates Insolaire are working with Dubai Municipality.”
He added: “Through Emirates Insolaire, Dubai Investments expects to play a pivotal role in the solar sector growth in a big way across Dubai, the UAE and the region.”
Eng. Marwan Abdulla Al Mohammed, director of general projects department at Dubai Municipality, said: “Dubai Municipality supports the leadership’s sustainability commitment in every aspect of its operations, from sustainable urban planning to green buildings. The kindergarten project with photovoltaic, coloured solar panels from Dubai Investments is a major step forward in this journey and part of the endeavour to pursue a more sustainable development model.”
According to Rafic Hanbali, managing partner of Emirates Insolaire, one of the objectives was "to help students understand and consider solar energy as part of their lives from a very young age, the way children today experience information technology as part of their lives".
He added: "Kromatix constitutes the skin of the buildings where the children spend their learning days. Emirates Insolaire has so far completed six educational buildings across the world and others are on the way.”
Emirates Insolaire has completed installation of its solar PV modules in several locations across the world, including Lausanne, Basel, Leysin, Austria, Zurich, Copenhagen, Brazil and Germany.
Emirates Insolaire’s coloured and sustainable solar panels can be adapted to any façade and roof of a house or building – commercial, residential or skyscraper, the company stated.