Batelco announces official launch of solar park project

Batelco Solar Park will help reduce approximately 900 tonnes of carbon emissions annually

  
Engineer working on checking equipment in solar power plant. Image used for illustrative purpose.

Engineer working on checking equipment in solar power plant. Image used for illustrative purpose.

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Bahrain's leading telecom services operator Batelco has announced the official opening of its solar park project in Ras Abu Jarjoor (RJR) region that has a production capacity of 1,600 MWh of clean energy.

Batelco Solar Park will help reduce approximately 900 tonnes of carbon emissions annually, thus supporting Bahrain’s vision for sustainable energy which aims at achieving 250MW of clean energy in 2025, accounting for 5% of total energy used in the kingdom.

Announcing the solar park's official opening, Batelco Chairman Shaikh Abdulla bin Khalifa Al Khalifa said: "It coincides with the goal that His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has set and announced as part of his address during the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference 2021, recently held in Glasgow, Scotland, which reiterates the kingdom’s commitment to achieve zero carbon neutrality by 2060."

"This project represents a new phase of Batelco’s efforts towards achieving our long-term strategy of adopting more ESG initiatives that will help us become a greener company," stated Shaikh Abdulla.

"This project represents a new phase of Batelco’s efforts towards achieving our long-term strategy of adopting more ESG initiatives that will help us become a greener company. The Batelco Solar Park reaffirms our commitment to support the efforts of the Government of Bahrain in achieving its vision of environmental sustainability, and reaching its goals of decarbonization, enhancing energy efficiency and doubling renewable energy sources," he added.

The opening ceremony held at the Royal Golf Club in Riffa was attended by Dr Abdul Hussain bin Ali Mirza, President of the Sustainable Energy Authority, Engineer Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, Engineer Wael bin Nasser Al Mubarak, Minister of Electricity and Water Affairs, Dr. Mohamed bin Mubarak Bin Daina, Chief Executive of the Supreme Council for Environment, and Farouq Yousuf Khalil Al Moayyed, Chairman of YK Almoayyed & Sons.

"The Batelco Solar Park reaffirms our commitment to support the efforts of the Government of Bahrain in achieving its vision of environmental sustainability, and reaching its goals of decarbonization, enhancing energy efficiency and doubling renewable energy sources," said Shaikh Abdulla in the presence of Batelco board members and also the project contractor.

"We are proud of Batelco’s environmental achievement, and would like to extend our gratitude for the valuable support of our designated authorities and valued partners, without whom we would be unable to achieve our long-term goals. We look forward to introducing additional green initiatives as part of Batelco’s sustainability strategy," he added.

Dr Mirza said with this opening, the total capcity of the number of renewable energy projects that have been approved and implemented in the kingdom to date has surged to more than 237 MW or 95% of the national renewable energy target set at 250 MW by 2025.

"We now have four years left to realise the remaining 5%, and we are confident that the Kingdom of Bahrain will exceed the national goal by 2025," he stated.

Sustainable Energy Authority, he stated, was working diligently to enhance integration and collaboration amongst the various sectors within the kingdom to fortify its national efforts.

"We aim to make Bahrain a centre of clean energy excellence in line with the leadership’s vision to achieve the Kingdom’s renewable energy goals, particularly the national goal of reaching zero-carbon neutrality by 2060," he noted.

"Today we celebrate a Batelco milestone, as it sets a precedent by becoming the first telecom company in the Kingdom to install solar energy systems that produce clean energy, contributing to the achievement of the Kingdom’s renewable energy goals, and aim to reach zero-carbon neutrality by 2060," he added.-TradeArabia News Service

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