MANAMA: Bahrain has identified seven key initiatives that can be implemented to achieve its renewable energy target, said Electricity and Water Affairs Minister Dr Abdulhussain Mirza.
In a keynote address to the Solar Utilities Network (SUN) Forum, organised as part of the Gulf Industry Fair, he said Bahrain faces a number of challenges in ensuring sustainability and security of its energy needs. These include: Its limited resources of fossil fuel compared with its neighbours; a very high per capita consumption of electricity and water; and its international, regional and local commitments towards clean environment, energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Therefore, there is a need to diversify the sources of energy by resorting to renewable energy and also energy conservation by improving efficiency measures.
He said the ministry is working on the development of renewable energy mandate for new buildings, which will make it mandatory for new buildings and real estate developments to integrate a certain percentage renewable energy in the building design.
The minister said “tender-based feed-in tariff” is also being prepared to attract private investors to develop large-scale renewable energy projects through a competitive procurement process.
All government buildings such as schools and hospitals will be used for this purpose.
“The renewable energy transition in Bahrain is set to take off and has never been stronger. Occasions like this forum will enable us to learn more and share information, experiences and thoughts,” he added.