Schneider Electric Company (SEC) in Egypt has inaugurated a solar power plant in Abu Monkar village, located in New Valley governorate. The plant’s daily production equates to 108 kilowatts per hour, said the marketing manager of the new and renewable energy of the company, Hany Ebrahim.
“SEC has been investing in Egypt since 1983; the company’s investments in the Egyptian market reached EGP 250 million in the form of energy, buildings, infrastructure, oil and gas” said Ahmed Fateen, low voltage equipment and systems market manager. “This project reflects the SEC initiative step towards the social responsibilities in Egypt,” Hany Ebrahim adds. He also said that the project aims to provide the village with electricity 24 hours a day via clean and environmentally friendly sources.
“We picked Abu Monkar village especially because the closest electric station to it is 120 km away, which makes the village dependent mainly on generators which can work for only few hours; it gives a good index that our project won’t be useless” said Ebrahim.
Each year SEC is doing a development energy project: in 2010 it had improved the quality of automatic control of students of Galal Fahmy School. In 2011 the company established a solar energy laboratory in the faculty of engineering an Ain Shams University.
In 2012 the New & Renewable Energy Authority along with SEC submitted two projects, to connect a solar generator to electric stations in both Hurgada and Komobo cities, with the aim to put an end to blackouts.