Bidding for a major solar power project will begin in February next year, it was revealed yesterday.
The project is being implemented following directives from the Government Executive Committee, chaired by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister.
The 100 megawatt solar power plant, which will be developed in collaboration with the private sector, is expected to be operational in 2019.
The project is part of the National Energy Efficiency Plan and the National Renewable Energy Plan, which aims to provide five per cent of the country’s electricity consumption using renewable energy and resources.
This goal, which is expected to be fulfilled in 2025, will drive a wide range of energy and power initiatives across the kingdom, Electricity and Water Affairs Minister Dr Abdulhussain Mirza said in a statement yesterday.
He highlighted the government’s commitment to accelerate development across the energy sector, under the leadership of His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa.
He also highlighted the role of the Government Executive Committee, led by the Crown Prince, in facilitating investment in the renewable energy sector. Dr Mirza noted the positive impact of technological breakthroughs in reducing the cost of production of solar panels and energy-saving-devices.