Following the directives of the Government Executive Committee, chaired by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, Bahrain is set to develop a 100 megawatt solar power plant in collaboration with the private sector.
The plant is expected to be ready to start power production by the end of 2018, according to Dr. Abdulhussain bin Ali Mirza, Bahrain’s minister of electricity and water affairs.
The tendering process is widely expected to begin in February 2018.
The solar power plant project is in line with Bahrain’s National Energy Efficiency Plan and the National Renewable Energy Plan, which was introduced by the government in 2016. The plans specify a goal of having 5% of the country’s electricity consumption to come from renewable energy and resources.
The goal is expected to be fulfilled in 2025, thanks to a number of forthcoming energy and power initiatives that are to be implemented across the kingdom.