Bahrain will be setting up a solar park project with a capacity of 72 megawatts as the country looks to achieve net-zero emissions by 2060.
According to the Ministry of Electricity and Water Affairs, this is country’s largest solar facility, located in Bahrain’s southern region of Sakhir and will include rooftop and ground-mounted solar power systems and will also cover electric vehicle charging stations at the Bahrain International Circuit, the University of Bahrain, Exhibition World Bahrain, and the Al Dana Amphitheatre.
The project is being developed by Ministry of Electricity and Water Affairs, which comes as a part of Bahrain’s renewable energy plan, which aims to increase the share of clean energy in the country’s electricity mix to 5 per cent by 2025, and 20 per cent by 2035.
“The solar park will help achieve sustainable economic development for Bahrain and its citizens and is within the kingdom’s international commitments,” Yasser Humaidain, Minister of Electricity and Water Affairs, said.
“Expanding the use of solar energy will help preserve the environment and ensure the sustainability of resources,” he added.
“Bahrain, the Arabian Gulf’s smallest oil producer, is making “progress” in several areas as it aims to achieve the net-zero target,” Humaidan said during an event in May.
“We have engaged with several of the large industrial emitters, and we have implemented a system of continuous emissions monitoring where we can monitor their emissions remotely, continuously and in real-time,” he said.
It may be noted that GCC countries are seeking to boost renewable energy production to reduce emissions and achieve net zero targets in the coming decades.