Bahrain implements distributed solar systems on 535 government buildings – MEP MiddleEast

Source"MEP Middle East"
SectorOil & Gas

The President of Bahrain’s Sustainable Energy Authority, Dr Abdul Hussain bin Ali Mirza, discussed the kingdom’s plans for renewable energy and energy efficiency, as well as the most prominent existing and future projects in both fields, with a delegation from Indian solar provider CleanMax. Bahrain has successfully launched an initiative to install distributed solar energy systems on the roofs of government buildings, implementing it on 535 buildings using the build-own-operate-maintain (BOOM) model without any investment costs for the beneficiaries of the clean energy produced. The SEA president explained that this initiative is in line with the national renewable energy plan, which encourages investment in renewable energy systems. Bahrain is working towards achieving its national goal of increasing the share of renewable energy resources to 5% by 2025 and to 10% by 2035. The total energy expected to be produced by the distributed solar energy initiative is estimated at 50 megawatts (MW), constituting 20% of the national renewable energy target to be achieved for 2025. Dr Mirza confirmed that the SEA has received demand from various governmental and non-governmental agencies to offer their roofs spaces to install solar energy systems, and benefit through electricity cost savings and a reduced carbon footprint. The CleanMax more...