Saudi Arabia’s National Program for Conservation and Energy Efficiency (Tarsheed) completed last week the rehabilitation of the first three batches of its projects aimed at enhancing energy efficiency in 126 public schools in Riyadh.
These works represent the first stage of the signed agreement with the Saudi Ministry of Education.
Walid al-Ghurairi, CEO of National Energy Efficiency Services Company, said that these efforts kicked off earlier this year to achieve the best usage of energy.
Ghurairi added that the first three batches include 126 schools covering an area of around 607,635 square meters. The number of teachers and students benefiting from these buildings is around 79,310 while the overall electric consumption exceeds 31,407,000 Kilowatt hour.
Electric consumption is expected to drop to 24,948,364 Kilowatt hour, which is more than 21 percent.
He added that Tarsheed replaced 70,152 lighting units with LED, known for less thermal emissions and spreading light equally. LED saves around 4,211 tons of harmful carbon emissions.
The firm planted smart sensors in 48 schools around the Kingdom. These sensors aim to asses the current consumption pattern in various buildings for one whole year in order to figure out the effect of consuming the cooling and lighting systems on the overall electric consumption in scholar buildings.
Tarsheed is currently working on rehabilitating a number of public universities, such as Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University, King Saud University and Princess Nourah Bint Abdul Rahman University.