Solar Market Outlook in Palestine
The lack of availability in natural resources, financial crisis, and unstable political conditions affect the energy sector in Palestine. Therefore, 100% of its energy production is reliant on imported fossil fuels. The high population growth rate and rapid industrialization also contribute to the challenges faced by the energy sector.
The tremendous level of energy demand in Palestine has taken its toll on the economy. In fact, the cost of electricity in Palestine is a lot higher than its neighboring Middle East countries.
These factors have pushed the Palestine government to evaluate the potential of renewable energy sources such as solar to maintain a sustainable energy future. The 3000 sunshine hours per year experienced in Palestine delivers high solar power potential. The staggering amount of sunlight is an opportunity to exploit it to generate solar energy for various applications.
The Gaza Electricity Distribution Company has spearheaded the installation of solar PVs in the country when it developed connected rooftop solar systems for up to 1,000 consumers in the Gaza strip. This installation generated 1 MW of power. There are wider initiatives being eyed in an effort to make solar installations more accessible to everyone and to combat the ongoing energy crisis in Palestine.
Solar Energy Equipment Supply Capacity in Palestine
Palestine is unable to produce its own solar power equipment to date. Therefore, any solar PV systems currently in place are generated through global and online suppliers or distributors.
Top Major Seaports & Logistics in Palestine
Palestine has access to ports for logistics, trade, and commercial activity. When it comes to transporting solar equipment, there are major ports that can service Palestine such as the Port of Gaza.
PV Sunshades & Solar Carport
What are PV-Sunshades?
The latest and innovative way to use the shades to protect the assets and structures form the harsh sun rays is Photovoltaic Sunshades. Like any ordinary shades, extended structure is required for the PV-Sunshades.
Photovoltaic panels integrated in the extended roofs for power production. The flat or curved surfaces of the shades absorb maximum sunlight to generate electric power.
Where are the PV-Sunshades used?
In commercial campuses the building structures and vehicles in the parking lot take the whole day of exposure to the sun. Long exposures to the sun results in degradation of the structure and increase in temperature.
Increase in the interior temperature increases the energy cost for air conditioning. Therefore PV-Sunshades solve two problems at once. Providing shade and reducing the heating effect and contributing to the power generating and reducing energy cost. In commercial campuses PV-Sunshades find their spot in
- Parking lot sheds: Normal shed with solar panels and electric circuits integrated.
- Extended roof tops for buildings: Extended roofs for protecting the front face of the building from the sunrays.
- Electric vehicle(EV) charging points: Shed for Electric vehicles with charging points.
- PV Sunshade curtains for glass panels: For protecting the interiors from harmful Uv rays and converting the light into power.
Advantages of PV-Sunshades & Solar Carport
- Uses renewable energy source for producing electricity
- Wide variety of options available bot in term sof shape size and colors
- Low maintenance
- High tech design for modern look
- Light on the structure
- Cost saving from power storage
- Customizable according to household or commercial use
How does a PV-Sunshade work?
Photovoltaic Sun Shade modules produce up to 170W of peak power every square meter of the surface. The working is simple like any other Solar power plant. The sunlight is absorbed by the cells and the current is sent through the circuit.
For example in case parking lot shades, the circuit contains EV charging points. Everything is contained within the shed. Power is stored in the Lithium-Ion batteries for fast charging. Vehicles get charged while parked in the shed during the day time.
What are some top brands of PV-Sunshades?
Most of these manufacturers and suppliers deal in PV screens that are flexible and customizable for various applications.
- DAC Awnings
- Starshade Solar Screen Mfg.
- Muskegon Awning & Fabrication, Inc.