ME's biggest smart solar project set up in Bahrain
Manama/New Jersey, June 25, 2014
Petra Solar, a subsidiary of US-based Petra Systems, a global technology provider for the renewable energy, energy efficiency, and power generation markets, said it has completed the installation of the largest smart solar power plant in Middle East with the help of partner Caspian Renewable Energy.
The five-megawatt (MW) project will be owned by Bapco (Bahrain Petroleum Company), a wholly owned subsidiary of National Oil and Gas Authority (Noga) and will deliver in excess of 8,000 MWh of clean renewable energy.
In real terms this capacity will present an energy offset of 67,000 Mcf of natural gas and a savings of 6,900 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year.
Announcing the successful completion of the project at the historic Awali Township, Petra Solar said the 5MW Bapco project marks the first phase of the “Let Bahrain Shine” initiative, a consortium led initiative to assist the Kingdom meet up to 10 per cent of its energy demands by 2010 through clean renewable energy.
Petra Solar is a technology company focused on providing reliable, cost-effective smart energy solutions to the electric supply industry.
Bapco CEO Adel Almoayyed said the company was very excited about the project. "Being the first of its kind in the Middle East, "it will be a proud showcase. We expect that this project will be the first step in Bahrain’s march towards a solar future."
As part of Let Bahrain Shine, Petra Solar, along with its partner Caspian Renewable Energy, will continue to partner closely with key Bahraini stakeholders such as Bapco, Noga, the University of Bahrain, and others to make Bahrain the Middle East’s hub for solar power technology and innovation.
M. Marty Youssefiani, the chief executive of the Washington DC-based Caspian Renewable Energy, said in addition to the technological value created as a result of this bilateral co-operation, the project marks an important milestone in the public-private partnership between Bahrain and the US.
“Our consortium’s commitment to the Kingdom is long-term, multi-faceted and will be including investment tracks in the field of R+D and manufacturing to firmly position Bahrain as the region’s standard bearer of smart, clean energy,” he stated.
The Bapco installation leverages Petra Solar’s SunWave Microinverter, one of the world’s most field-tested and proven inverter build block solutions.
SunWave comes complete with advanced capabilities such as real and reactive power generation and control, revenue grade metering, panel level health monitoring and diagnostics, grid health monitoring, and bi-directional wireless communications.
Commenting on the success, Petra Systems CEO Steve Rhoades said: "The completion of this Bapco project marks a significant and exciting moment for us and our partners in Bahrain."
"The installation demonstrates the evolution of solar power generation from passive power systems to dynamic and intelligent generation, sensing, and control assets that provides valuable insight into grid health and can be used to improve grid quality," he stated.
"We are honored to be a part of a project of this importance to Bahrain and look forward to continuing to help Bahrain become a world leader in solar innovation," added Rhoades.-TradeArabia News Service