Enova completes first-ever retrofit contract in KSA

Energy and facilities management solution provider completes implementation of ECM’s for SASO government facility complex

Enova, the joint venture between Majid Al Futtaim and Veolia for performance-based energy and facilities management solutions, has announced that it has successfully completed the implementation of an advanced range of Energy Conversation Measures (ECMs) to cut and guarantee the energy use reduction of SASO’s (Saudi Standards, Quality and Metrology Organisation) government facility by more than 30%.

In a statement, the company said that the news comes just ten months after being awarded the first retrofit contract in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by Tarshid. It added that after being awarded the contract, it leveraged its expertise gained from years of experience working on energy retrofitting projects across the region.

This enabled it to boost energy efficiency and reduce the facility’s energy consumption by more than 6GWh per year.

Furthermore, the amount of greenhouse gases reduced by Enova’s efforts equated to the CO2 emissions produced by nearly 1,000 passenger vehicles driven for a year, the statement added.

It explained that the substantial savings at the SASO’s facility in Riyadh were achieved through a mix of ECM’s, which began with the installation of a Building and Chiller Management System, which helped to optimise the pumping system of the entire complex.

In addition, the project called for the replacement of more than 14,000 conventional lightbulbs with LED lighting, along with structural building optimisations, such as the installation of air curtains and chilled water line insulation, so as to reduce cooling losses.

Comprising of 11 buildings, with several offices and laboratories, SASO’s complex in Riyadh has a total floor area of 193,000sqm.

“We are proud to have partnered with Saso in achieving its sustainability targets by cutting electricity consumption by over 30 per cent, while at the same time, introducing cutting-edge IoT technologies to maximise 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 well-being of end-users, Enova 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 specialised IoT technologies and smart solutions, marking the first instance that such an application has been seen within an Energy Performance Contract in Saudi Arabia, the statement added.

Enova’s award-winning Hubgrade platform was also a crucial component in the success of the project, Capris said.

He explained that the smart monitoring and reporting centre 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, enabling transparency and raising awareness over the course of the project.


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