An agreement was signed between Bahrain’s Sustainable Energy Authority and Dubai-based Yellow Door Energy to develop the country’s largest rooftop solar plant.
The companies signed a 6.2 megawatt-peak solar power purchase agreement to set up the plant for the Bahrain Mall, which is operated by the kingdom’s Carrefour branch.
The panels will cover an area of 40,000 square meters of rooftop space and will generate up to 10 million kilowatt-hours of clean energy in its first year of operation.
“Yellow Door Energy, which develops 120MW of solar assets in the Middle East and Pakistan, looks forward to commissioning the solar plant and to bringing affordable and clean energy to more leading businesses in Bahrain that is in line with the Kingdom’s National Renewable Energy Action Plan,” said Rory McCarthy, Yellow Door Energy chief commercial officer.
Bahrain aims to reach a renewable energy target of 5 percent of its total energy mix by 2025, and to 10 percent by 2035 under the Bahrain Economic Vision 2030.
Yellow Door’s plant will have 11,600 solar panels that will meet 50 percent of the mall’s energy consumption needs. The clean power project will help offset around 6,300 tons of carbon emissions, according to the Dubai-based company.
Yellow Door Energy plans to add $100 million worth of renewable energy assets to its portfolio this year, according to its chief executive.
The company, which is backed by multilateral lenders including the International Finance Corporation, has focused on developing its existing solar facilities in the UAE but expanded to Bahrain during the pandemic.