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Bahrain begins development of solar power policies

The Bahrain government has appointed engineering consultancy CESI to help it develop solar power policies.10 Aug 2017

CESI has been hired to support the country's sustainable energy unit (SEU) to develop the technical and regulatory requirements for connecting distributed renewable energy resources into Bahrain’s national electricity grid, the consultancy said.

Bahrain's minister of electricity and water affairs Abdul-Hussain Ali Mirza said that Bahrain has recognised the growing importance of renewable energy as demand increases. In particular, solar photovoltaic (PV) systems have been a particular focus of interest.

CESI will give advice on connecting renewable generation projects, increasing solar distributed generators and speeding up the growth of the PV market. It will also monitor and control PV generators and provide recommendations on implementing a modified billing invoicing procedure.

CESI will also develop grid connection guidelines and standards for decentralised solar PV systems designed for low and medium voltage distribution networks, develop fire, safety and other international compliance measures and develop accurate certification processes and associated training programs, it said.