Bahrain announces new 5MW smart solar project
Petra Solar, BAPCO and NOGA solar scheme will supply Awali township
Bahrain’s Economic Development Board (ECB) has praised Petra Solar, Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO) and the National Oil & Gas Authority (NOGA) after the group announced an agreement on a 5 MW distributed smart solar energy project. The deal will see the trio utilise smart grid technology to provide solar power at a number of locations, including at BAPCO’s Awali township and the University of Bahrain.
“We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Petra Solar, BAPCO and NOGA on this agreement and are delighted that we have been able to make this happen. Investment in this sort of technology is a key part of our plans to create high-quality jobs for Bahrainis through sustainable economic growth for the long term. Importantly, this investment will not only create jobs directly, but also create benefits for other companies by improving energy efficiency,” said ECB acting chief executive and minister of transportation Kamal bin Ahmed.
The project will use technology developed by Petra Solar in the US, which pairs solar energy generation with grid reliability and smart grid technology.
“Solar power and a stable electric grid are critical elements to Bahrain developing economic and energy security. In Awali, we are deploying solar power plus we are building a wireless smart grid network, which are the building blocks for command and control of smart cities,” said Petra Solar president and CEO Shihab Kuran.