Bahrain plans countrywide 72 MW solar PV installations
Bahrain has launched its tendering process to award a 20-year contract for local or international bidders to build, own, operate, and maintain grid-tied solar photovoltaic (PV) power panels with a minimum capacity of 72 MWac in multiple premises located in Sakhir, south of the country.
The tender was launched by Bahrain’s Ministry of Electricity and Water Affairs, as it seeks to build solar panels in the Bahrain International Circuit, University of Bahrain, Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre, and Al Dana Amphitheatre. The solar panels are to be built on the rooftops, car park shades, electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, and on the ground of these organizations’ facilities, said a statement.
To qualify for the tender, bidders need to be engaged in the business of solar PV energy and have successfully commissioned at least 10 grid-tied solar PV projects (out of which at least five are solar PV car park projects).
Additionally, bidders should be commissioned in at least 40 MWac grid-tied solar PV projects in any country globally in the last three years (2019 – 2021).
Yasser bin Ebrahim Humaidan, Bahrain’s Minister of Electricity and Water Affairs, said: “The launch of this tender comes as part of the kingdom’s wider vision to adopt a circular carbon economy, with the aim to bring carbon emissions in Bahrain to net zero by 2060 in line with its national commitments to protect the environment and combat climate change.
“As affirmed in the National Economic Recovery Plan, Bahrain aims to achieve sustainable economic development that serves future generations.”
The kingdom’s Economic Recovery Plan catalyzes over $30 billion of investments in strategic projects, creating new investment opportunities in infrastructure and priority sectors across the Kingdom. In planning these strategic projects, Bahrain is committed to the best international standards necessary to ensure minimal environmental impact.