RIYADH: Bahrain is gearing up for a significant leap in its renewable energy efforts with the signing of its largest solar power project, the state news agency reported.
Situated in the southern city of Sakhir, the project is set to generate 72 megawatts, contributing 28 percent to the nation’s target of achieving 250 MW from renewable sources by 2025, Bahrain News Agency said.
The initiative encompasses an array of solar systems, including rooftop installations, ground-mounted arrays, and solar panels integrated into car parks.
The project will also incorporate electric vehicle charging stations, demonstrating Bahrain’s holistic approach to sustainable energy.
Yasser bin Ibrahim Humaidain, the minister of electricity and water affairs who presided over the signing of agreement, noted that the development is aligned with Bahrain’s National Renewable Energy Action Plan.
The venture reflects the country’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions and curtailing energy costs.
Humaidain emphasized the broader impact of the project, echoing Bahrain’s aspiration to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060 while fostering economic growth.
Highlighting the significance of utilizing vast areas of the kingdom for solar energy generation, the minister underscored the drive towards a sustainable economy and expanded investment in renewable energy projects in collaboration with the private sector.
In June, the Gulf state took a major step toward achieving its goal of increasing the share of renewable energy to 5 percent of its total power generation by 2025.
Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, president of the country’s Electricity and Water Authority, said that the move was part of a strategy to diversify the country’s energy resources and achieve its intended renewable resource share.
“Bahrain is dedicated to it transition to sustainable energy and its COP26 commitments by investing in renewable energy resources and ultimately reducing carbon emissions to net zero by 2060,” he said at the time.