A. Al-Qaragouli, H. Alguriny, O. Ching, R. Gibbs, L. Coplen
sustainable schools, sustainable design, Iraq
In May 2011, the authors participated in the 2011 Renewable Energy Conference: “Supporting Sustainable Development for Iraq” sponsored by the Iraqi government with assistance from the U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation. The conference was convened to consider RE applications to alleviate persistent power shortages throughout Iraq, contribute to environmental improvement, and create job opportunities for Iraqis. This paper considers design and installation strategies for facilities in Iraq intended to help Iraqis move into the arena of renewable energy and sustainable construction by addressing barriers identified at the referenced conference. This paper discusses design of a school in Babylon, Iraq based on latest developments in solar passive and energy conservation techniques. It also presents a complete PV system design developed using the PV design and installation manual of the Solar Energy International and the Sandia National Laboratory Handbook of Recommended Design Practice. HOMER software developed by the U.S. DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory will be used for economic feasibility analysis. The annual reduction in greenhouse gas emission will be also predicted.