Yasser bin Ibrahim Humaidain, the Minister of Electricity and Water Affairs, has confirmed that the agreements for the implementation of the 72-Megawatt (MW) solar power plant project align with the government’s commitment, led by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, to support initiatives addressing climate change challenges.
He stated that the project’s goal is to fulfil the country’s targets of carbon emissions reduction and achieving net zero emissions by 2060. While overseeing the signing ceremony for the agreements, the minister emphasized that this project, a part of Bahrain’s National Renewable Energy Action Plan, underscores the significance of expanding solar energy adoption to safeguard the environment and secure resource sustainability.
The 72-MW solar park stands as a development endeavor contributing to sustainable economic growth for the nation and its citizens, he added, noting its alignment with the kingdom’s international commitments.
Shaikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa, CEO of the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC), noted that the project harmonizes with BIC’s strategy to enhance the use of renewable energy sources, especially solar, throughout the year. This move will support BIC’s operations during regional and global events and align with its pledge to decrease carbon emissions, ultimately striving for carbon neutrality.
Dr Fuad Mohammed Al-Ansari, President of the University of Bahrain (UoB), highlighted UoB’s dedication to promoting a culture of sustainability while safeguarding the environment and its resources. He explained that the utilization of solar energy in UoB’s structures and facilities is consistent with its strategy for sustainable development.
He added that establishing the kingdom as a model for a sustainable, low-carbon economy remains a top priority for UoB. He mentioned the recent launch of a Master of Science program in sustainable energy transition systems, a first-of-its-kind initiative in the kingdom.
Dr Nasser Qaedi, CEO of the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA), affirmed that the integration of solar energy at the Exhibition World Bahrain aligns with Bahrain’s commitment to renewable and clean energy. This project is expected to significantly reduce traditional energy consumption, preserving the environment and bolstering the kingdom’s efforts to promote sustainable development in accordance with international best practices.
Shane Chalmers, CEO of Al Dana Amphitheatre, expressed pride in initiatives that expand renewable energy usage. He noted that the agreement to install solar panels at Al-Dana Amphitheatre will support environmentally friendly solar energy adoption and contribute to decarbonization efforts, thereby reducing overall energy costs.
The 72-megawatt multi-site solar photovoltaic power project, situated in Sakhir, encompasses rooftop, ground-mounted, and car park solar power systems, along with electric vehicle charging stations at Bahrain International Circuit, University of Bahrain, Exhibition World Bahrain, and Al Dana Amphitheatre.