Bahrain - Aluminium Bahrain (Alba), one of the world’s largest aluminium smelters, has awarded its solar farm project to Advanced United Systems (AUS), to install solar photovoltaic (PV) panels over 37,000 sq m with a capacity of more than 6 megawatts (MW).
The solar farm project will consist of around 11,300 solar panels to be fixed on the rooftop of Alba car parks and some of its buildings to include its Spent Pot Lining Treatment (SPL) Plant.
The project will generate in the range of 10,539 MWHr per year and approximately 7,591,760 kilograms of carbon emissions would be reduced per year -- corresponding to a total reduction of 189,794,000 kilograms of carbon emissions over 25-year span, Alba said in a statement.
Advanced United Systems is a Saudi company and part of the Taj Holding Group that specialises in smart grid solutions, energy, and renewable energy services.
Commenting on the importance of the Solar Panel Farm to Alba, Alba’s Chairman of the Board Shaikh Daij bin Salman bin Daij Al Khalifa stated: “Sustainability is entrenched in our vision, mission, and values; this project is fully aligned with our Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) ambitions and our pledge to realise HRH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister’s objectives of Net Zero Emissions by 2060 as made during the 26th Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26).
I trust that upon the completion of installing the solar panels, will see more environmentally responsible projects across the Kingdom to scale up the local clean energy generation and transition to a net-zero economy.”
Adding further, Alba’s CEO Ali Al Baqali stated: “Safety is first and foremost in Alba; that’s why we have engaged with Advanced United Systems to deliver this Project within 15 months.
I also take the opportunity to call upon all corporates to participate in the energy transition revolution that is taking shape in the Kingdom so together we contribute to Bahrain’s aspirations of Net Zero Emissions by 2060.”
The solar farm project is one of the many initiatives under Alba’s ESG Roadmap as the company journeys to further sustainable value for its people and society.
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