A COMPANY is blazing a trail in the kingdom by successfully installing “the largest rooftop solar project in Bahrain”.
The photovoltaic project, which consists of 705 high-efficiency panels, covers almost the entire roof of the new Gulf Corporation for Technology (GCT) warehouse in Hidd industrial area.
The project also consists of IOT (Internet of Things) seven smart inverters and state-of-the-art fully automatic power control system and will be integrated with the national power grid.
When completed, the project is expected to generate 368,000 kWh of power every year, which would help cover part of GCT’s electricity expenses.
In addition to the cost savings, it would help save tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere for the expected 25 years of the project’s life.
The project has been in the works since 2016 when GCT decided to build a new warehouse.
“When we looked at the blueprint we noticed that the roof was empty so I suggested to the board to install solar panels,” said GCT sales executive Khalid Daylami.
He stated the system has been operating well for the past month in order to ensure there are no faults or problems that need amendments.
“By around noon, around 65 per cent to 70pc of the energy required by the air conditioners is generated from the solar panels while the rest is taken from the government grid,” said Mr Daylami.
According to Sukrit Ranjan, an energy consultant at Almoayyed Solar Company, the system’s annual production is enough to power approximately 20 houses.
“This is the largest single rooftop project in Bahrain, with the other bigger projects ground mounted.
“It generates approximately BD850 to BD900 worth of electricity per month.”
Mr Ranjan said although the system was connected to the national grid, it was currently not exporting power as the company’s consumption was greater than the solar energy production.
The solar panels for the project, supplied and commissioned by Almoayyed Trading and Contracting, have been supplied by the German manufacturer Aleo.
The contract for the project was signed by GCT chairman and chief executive Dr Khalid Al Awadhi and Almoayyed International Group (AIG) chairman Mohammed Almoayyed at the GCT offices in Juffair.