Saudi energy company ACWA Power has won the tender held by the Kingdom of Bahrain for the construction of the country’s first large-scale PV power plants.
The news was confirmed to pv magazine by Amin Al Yaquob, CEO of the Gulf Cooperation Council’s Association for Renewable Energy & Sustainability.
ACWA submitted the lowest bid of BD14.668/MWh ($39.1) for electricity to be generated by the project. “We are excited with the result of this tender because it will help in establishing the market of more utility-scale solar projects in the near future,” said Al Yaquob.
The Saudi company will build the plant as an independent power producer on a build, own, operate model at the Askar landfill site, in Bahrain’s southern governorate. The project was launched as part of Bahrain’s National Renewable Energy Action Plan, in September 2017.
In mid-January, the Solar Energy Unit of Bahrain – with the help of the United Nations Development Program – launched a 3 MW tender for solar arrays at eight locations containing 66 government buildings.
The kingdom’s renewable energy target envisages 700 MW of generation capacity by 2030 using solar, wind and energy-from-waste projects.