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UAE's Masdar bidding on 100MW solar energy project in Bahrain

Bahrain's electricity and water minister says large-scale project to support kingdom's energy diversification strategy

Bahrain is one of the GCC countries that wants to increase its solar energy output [representational image].
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Bahrain is one of the GCC countries that wants to increase its solar energy output [representational image].

Bahrain is inviting bids for the construction of a 100-megawatt (MW) solar energy plant to power up its renewable energy production.

Additional details have yet to be revealed of what the kingdom has called a “large-scale” project, but Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) has entered the race to build the scheme.

The move to build the 100 MW solar energy facility is in line with Bahrain’s target to ensure renewable energy makes up at least 5% of its energy mix by 2025.

READ: Growing construction pipeline to bolster Bahrain's non-oil growth

The tender announcement and invitation were made by Dr Abdulhussain Mirza, Electricity and Water Affairs Minister of Bahrain, during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

“We have already received tenders for the large-scale project, and Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company is one of the bidders,” he told UAE state news agency, Wam.

While Saudi Arabia and the UAE are expected to lead the GCC in the development of renewable energy projects, Bahrain is keen to invest in this sector.

READ: Abu Dhabi's reverse osmosis, solar plants to progress in 2019

Mirza has stressed the importance of diversifying energy sources in the kingdom to support electricity generation in the future.

The first solar-powered house in Bahrain was unveiled in March 2018 as part of the government’s renewable energy strategy. The home is connected to the kingdom’s electricity grid through a net metering system and has 24 solar panels with a total electricity production capacity of 7.8 kW.

Due to the success of the project, Bahrain has said it is taking steps to install similar systems on the roofs of industrial and government buildings, including schools and hospitals. 

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