Bahrain pledges to support energy efficiency goals through strategic plan

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Desk Reporter
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Bahrain’s solar energy industry has a bright future with innovative technology currently in place. Solar energy will become the most important source of energy for electricity production in the Kingdom in the coming years. 

The Kingdom has already launched an initiative to install solar energy systems distributed on the roofs of government buildings. It was installed on 535 buildings utilizing the “Boom” system, without any investment costs for the beneficiaries of the clean energy they produce.

This is one of the initiatives included in the national renewable energy strategy, which has made a significant contribution to encouraging renewable energy investment in Bahrain.

According to the reports, “The national renewable energy plan revolves around three main policies and seven projects, and that the national goal aims to increase the share of renewable energy in the total energy mix by 5 percent, equivalent to about 250 megawatts by 2025 and by 10 percent by 2035.”

The total energy predicted to be produced as a result of this program is estimated to be 50 megawatts, accounting for 20 percent of the national renewable energy target for 2025. This will allow the Kingdom to save $610 million (BD230 million) in energy production. Bahrain’s total energy production is currently around 3,920 megawatts per day, with all of it coming from natural gas stations.

Dr. Abdul Hussain bin Ali Mirza
Dr. Abdul Hussain bin Ali Mirza
President – SEA

“We aim to have renewable energy stations participating in this production, as this will allow us to redirect the use of the natural gas that is saved to be used in supporting other economic sectors. The SEA has met a wide response and demand from various governmental and non-governmental agencies to offer their roofs and proper spaces to install solar energy systems on them and benefit in saving in electricity costs and reduce the carbon footprint. Bahrain is continuing to advance the sustainable energy sector and strengthen its pioneering role in making the country a center of excellence in the fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency.”

Bahrain is committed to expanding the renewable energy sector as one of its key economic pillars, particularly through the implementation of solar energy projects. SEA president emphasized the administration’s commitment to meeting the country’s renewable energy and energy efficiency goals.

Dr. Mirza further stated that Bahrain will continue to progress in the sustainable energy sector and strengthen its pioneering position in establishing the country as a center of excellence in the fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

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