Petra Solar completes 5 MW Bahrain solar project
Plant launch begins bid to meet 10% of power demand with renewables
Petra Solar has completed the installation of a 5MW “smart” solar power plant in Bahrain.
Developed along with partner Caspian Renewable Energy, the project will be owned by Bahrain Petroleum Co. (BAPCO) and will deliver in excess of 8,000 MWh of solar energy.
The installation uses Petra Solar’s SunWave Microinverter, one of the world’s most field-tested and proven inverter build block solutions, according to a statement from parent company Petra Systems.
SunWave comes complete with real and reactive power generation and control, revenue grade metering, panel level health monitoring and diagnostics, grid health monitoring, and bi-directional wireless communications, Petra said.
The launch of the project marks the first phase of the “Let Bahrain Shine” initiative to meet up to 10% of the country’s energy demands through clean energy by 2010.
"BAPCO is very excited about this project, being the first of its kind in the Middle East, it will be a proud showcase,” said Adel Almoayyed, chief executive (CEO) of BAPCO.
“We expect that this project will be the first step in Bahrain's march towards a solar future."
Steve Rhoades, CEO of Petra Systems, said: “The completion of this BAPCO project marks a significant and exciting moment for us and our partners in Bahrain.
"The installation demonstrates the evolution of solar power generation from passive power systems to dynamic and intelligent generation, sensing, and control assets that provides valuable insight into grid health and can be used to improve grid quality.”