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Enova hands over first-ever retrofit project awarded in KSA by Tarshid

Cuts the energy use of SASO’s facility by over 30%

| | Feb 19, 2020 | 8:40 pm
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RIYADH, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 19 February 2020: Enova completed the implementation of an innovative range of energy conservation measures (ECMs) to lower energy use at SASO’s (Saudi Standards, Quality and Metrology Organization) government facility in Riyadh by over 30%, the energy and facilities management company said through a Press release. Enova added in the release that it completed the project in 10 months from the time Tarshid (The National Energy Services Company) awarded it the contract to carry out retrofitting work.

According to the release, Enova leveraged its expertise gained from years of experience working on energy-retrofitting projects across the region, to boost energy efficiency and reduce the facility’s electricity consumption by more than 6 GWh per year. The amount of greenhouse gas emissions reduced was equal to the CO2 emissions produced by nearly 1,000 passenger vehicles driven for a year, Enova said.

According to the release, the savings at the SASO facility was the result of a mix of ECMs, which began with the installation of a Building & Chiller Management System that helped optimise the pumping system of the entire complex. The project also called for the replacement of circa 14,500 conventional lightbulbs with LED lighting, as well as structural building optimisations, such as the installation of air curtains and chilled water line insulation to reduce cooling losses, Enova said.

Comprising 11 buildings, SASO’s Riyadh facility houses several offices and laboratories, covering a total floor area of 193,000 square metres.

“We are proud to have partnered with SASO in achieving its sustainability targets by cutting electricity consumption by over 30%, while at the same time, introducing cutting-edge IoT technologies to maximize occupant comfort,” said Enova’s Chief Executive Officer, Renaud Capris. “We look forward to continuing our work in Saudi Arabia and supporting the country’s efforts toward sustainability.”

As part of its commitment to ensuring the wellbeing of end-users, Enova said it also focused its efforts on increasing the Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) by improving both the air quality and the thermal comfort of occupants. This was achieved through the deployment of specialized IoT technologies and smart solutions, marking the first instance that such an application has been seen within an Energy Performance Contract in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the company claimed.

Enova said its Hubgrade platform was also a crucial component in the success of the project. The smart monitoring and reporting centre, the company said, helped to identify saving opportunities, all the way from the audit stage, up to the measurement and verification process after implementation. Dashboards for both the client and end-users were provided, Enova said, enabling transparency and raising awareness over the course of the project.

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