Two Dubai-based companies have signed an agreement to build the largest private solar plant in the Kingdom of Bahrain. 

Retail and commercial property developer Majid Al Futtaim said on Wednesday that it has signed a 6.2 megawatt peak (MWp) solar power purchase agreement (PPA) with commercial and industrial solar plant developer Yellow Door Energy to bring clean energy to The Bahrain Mall operated by its local unit Carrefour Bahrain. 

Yellow Door Energy will build, design and maintain the solar plant for the 20-year duration of the PPA, a press statement by Majid Al Futtaim said. 

Spanning over 40,000 square meters, the rooftop solar plant is expected to generate 10 million kilowatt-hours of clean energy in its first year of operation. The statement said more than 11,600 solar panels would be installed to meet 50 percent of the shopping mall’s energy consumption needs. 

Abdul Hussain Bin Ali Mirza, President of Bahrain’s Sustainable Energy Authority (SEA) said the project constitutes an important shift in the provision of energy to major commercial projects in the Kingdom as one of the largest private sector projects to install solar energy systems on a commercial building to-date. 

The rooftop solar project forms part of the full renovation and expansion of The Bahrain Mall, which will be completed by 2022. 

Bahrain has set a target of generating 5 percent of its energy needs from renewables by 2025 and 10 percent by 2035. 

(Writing by N Madhura; Editing by Anoop Menon) 


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