On August 23, 2017, the PPU signed a cooperation agreement with the Palestinian Energy Project (PEP), funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), with the aim of reducing the bill of electricity consumption in the university buildings through the use of solar energy to cover its electricity needs in addition to providing scholarships for the university students.
The agreement was signed by the University President Dr. Imad Al-Khatib and the Director of the Palestinian Energy Project, Mr. Arthur Sedestrom, in the presence of the members of the Energy Project, the vice-presidents and deans of colleges.
In his speech, the University President, Prof. Imad al-Khatib, stressed the importance of the project in terms of reliance on solar energy through the use of the solar cell system and also its importance in saving money and protecting the environment in the buildings of Palestine Polytechnic University (PPU). He pointed out that this project is a model that can be circulated to most institutions in the country. The project will serve the engineering specializations at the three university levels: Diploma, Bachelor's and Master's degrees. It will also reduce the growing burden of electricity demand in Hebron district.
The Director of the Palestinian Energy Project , Mr. Arthur Sedestrom, pointed out that the Palestinian Energy Project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), aims at developing the Palestinian energy sector, particularly increasing the opportunities for the use of renewable energy and the awareness of the benefits of renewable energy sources.
The Vice President for Planning and Development, Dr. Ayman Sultan, said that this type of projects has come within the framework of the university's strategic plan which aims at building capacities in the new technological fields, as well as strengthening the university connection with the local community by holding many workshops and training courses for the local community which aims at enhancing the efficiency of utilizing the financial resources of the University.
In a related context, the Expert and Renewable Energy Consultant in the PEP project, Eng. Falah Damiri, explained that this project represents a model for all national institutions.
The Director of the Industrial Synergy Center at the University Eng. Makkawi Hariz said that the project of the solar cell system will be 230 kWp, installed in the PPU buildings in Wad Al-Hariya. The project will generate a capacity of not less than (390 MW), less than 35% of the value of the bill of consumption of the university buildings. In this project, there will be workshops for factories and community organizations to raise awareness of the importance of solar energy systems.