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Bahrain agreement on smart solar power project

Deal reached for 5 MW smart solar technology scheme

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Bahrain's new 5 MW solar project utilises smart solar technology. (GETTY IMAGES)
Bahrain's new 5 MW solar project utilises smart solar technology. (GETTY IMAGES)

Bahrain's National Oil and Gas Authority (NOGA), Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO) and the US-based Caspian Energy Holdings have reached an agreement with Petra Solar for the distribution of 5 MW of solar energy in the Kingdom. The scheme is set to supply power to Awali, the University of Bahrain and other unspecified areas of the country.

The project, which uses 'smart solar' technology developed in the United States, will see Petra Solar deploy systems that aim to maintain the stability of the electricity distribution network. The scheme is also being used as a means to create a number of technical jobs within Bahrain.

Bahrain Energy Minister, and NOGA Chairman, Dr Abdul Hussain bin Ali Mirza, has said that the project in Awali is the first stage of NOGA initiatives to diversify energy sources to ensure sustainable development in Bahrain. He has said that, subject to a successful test project, more projects are anticipated in the near future.

The project is said to be the result of cooperation between a large list of stakeholders that includes NOGA, BAPCO, universities, American alliance companies and the industrial sector.

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