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Bahrain raises its renewable energy target

Bahrain has pledged to meet 10 percent of its total energy consumption through renewable sources by 2035

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Bahrain has doubled its target to generate electricity from renewable energy sources from 5% to 10% of its overall power generation by 2035, a senior government official has revealed.

Bahrain’s electricity and water affairs minister, Dr Abdulhussain Mirza, said that the country was witnessing annual growth rates of 6% in power demand.

Speaking in a keynote address at the Solar Utilities Network (SUN) Forum, held alongside the Gulf Industry Fair 2018 at Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre, Mirza said that there was need for more utility scale projects to boost power supply.

Bahrain currently meets its entire electricity needs using natural gas, about 4,000MW, and the government has approved plans to build a 100MW solar power station as a public private partnership project, he said.

The solar plant project will provide for 2.5 percent of the country’s electricity needs and the national goal is to increasing energy efficiency by 6 percent by 2025.

The tendering process will begin soon, said Dr Mirza and the project will be ready for operations by the end of 2019.

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