From securing our first solar-water pumping project for agri-developers in Egypt’s Western Desert using our own patent-awarded technology to building the region’s first solar grid in Marsa Alam powering a network of resorts with solar energy. KarmSolar’s mission is to pioneer emerging technologies in the realm of multi-utility innovation, making a smarter, more sustainable, and efficient impact on communities across Egypt and North Africa.
KarmSolar was founded in 2011 by Ahmed Zahran, Randa Fahmy, Yumna Madi, and Xavier Auclair in a cafe in Zamalek. The name was inspired by Karm Eco-lodge in the St. Catherine’s area of Sinai.
solar-powered water pumping
KarmSolar introduced it’s first solution, solar-powered water pumping, and signed it’s first contract with agri-developer Fridal to construct 33 wells for their farmland in Bahariya Oasis. KarmSolar developed and patented specialized solar pumping technology, and received the HCT-Wharton Innovation Award for invention.
THE KARMSOLAR CAMPUS IN BAHARIYA
KarmSolar inaugurated it’s research and development facility in the Bahariya Oasis area. The campus is solar-powered and serves as a base for R&D operations, event and retreat space, and dwelling facilities for the KarmSolar team when working on projects in the area.
ESTABLISHMENT OF Karm architecture lab AND KARMPOWER
The KarmSolar organization grew to include two new subsidiaries, KAL and KarmPower. KAL is a high-performance architecture design firm specializing in human-centric, sustainable, and energy-efficient built environments. It was previously known as KarmBuild. KarmPower serves as the engineering, procurement, and construction arm for KarmSolar and KAL.
FIRST ipp license & ppa station in egypt
KarmSolar became the first company in Egypt to receive an Independent Power Producer (IPP) license from Egypt ERA allowing us to sell electricity from a major off-grid solar station. KarmSolar signed its first PPA solar generation contract with Juhayna for a 1.0 MW station serving Juhayna’s 11,000-acre off-grid ENMAA farm.
KarmSolar joined the Egyptian Government’s Feed-in-Tariff scheme allowing IPPs to sell electricity to the national grid and signed a contract with the town of Sahl Hashish for a 2.2 MW solar station under the scheme.
LArgest solar ppa station in egypt
KarmSolar signed an agreement for the largest private PPA in Egypt to date in 2017. The solar station's size is 16.8MW and it serves an agri-developer's farmland in the Wadi el Natroun region. The station is currently under developed and is expected to begin operation in 2022.
LAUNCH OF URBAN POWER DISTRIBUTION IN ARKAN PLAZA
KarmSolar launched it’s power distribution business and signed with Badr El Din Development’s Arkan Plaza in Sheikh Zayed City to manage the energy infrastructure for the mall and establish a dedicated solar station on-site. The power distribution department has since extended it's agreement with Badr el Din to also manage energy distribution for Arkan Town after the success of the Arkan Plaza model.
EDF RENEWABLES INVESTMENT
French renewable energy multinational EDF Renewables became KarmSolar’s largest shareholder through capital investment into the company. EDF-R brings unparalleled knowledge, resources, and expertise that elevated KarmSolar’s operations and commercial capabilities to a higher international standard.
OVERCOMING THE PANDEMIC + EGYPT CARE HOSPITAL
KarmSolar successfully navigated the COVID-19 pandemic by maintaining strict health and safety precautions for team members and stakeholders and providing valuable medical support via health partners to their community. KarmBuild (now KAL) designed the Egypt Care Hospital, an ICU field hospital that adds intensive care capacity with rapid and cost-effective deployment. KarmBuild published the designs for the station open-source on the internet.
LAUNCH OF KARMWATER
KarmSolar announced its new water solutions division KarmWater, which specializes in solar-powered water desalination and water storage solutions. KarmWater signed it’s first solar desalination project with Marsa Shagra resort in Marsa Alam, covering 100% of the resort’s water needs using desalinated water.
the karmsolar organization
KarmSolar is a multidisciplinary utility enterprise specialized in developing energy solutions for a spectrum of industries and communities. We are capturing the entire value chain of electricity generation, transmission, distribution, and management by designing customized energy solutions for a wide range of partners in the agricultural, industrial, commercial, mining, and tourism industries, as well as residential homes.
High Performance Architecture
Infrastructural Design and Sustainable Building Solutions