Bahrain issues tender for solar IPP project at landfill site

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Bahrain’s Electricity and Water Authority (EWA) has issued a Request for Concept (RFC) to selected developers for the construction of an IPP solar power project at the Askar landfill site, in the Southern Governate of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Interested independent power producers will have to submit their concept proposals by April 11, 2018.

According to recent research published in November by the University of Bahrain, the Askar landfill site reached its end use capacity in 2016. However, at the time, it was still operating and receiving municipal waste. According to the website Ecomena, the proximity of the Askar landfill to urban habitats has been a cause of major environmental concern.

Bahrain launched its plan to bring online 255 MW of PV capacity by 2025 in September of last year.

The plan will be implemented through three different policies: net metering, a tender-based FIT scheme, and a renewable energy mandate for new buildings. Net metering will be introduced by the end of this year, while the two remaining policies will be implemented at a later stage.

The small Middle Eastern country is aiming to reach 700 MW of renewable energy power generation capacity by 2030. This target will be met by a proposed renewable energy mix consisting of solar, wind, and waste to energy technologies.