Policy to mandate solar panels on new Bahrain buildings
All new buildings in Bahrain will have to be designed with solar energy panels in mind as part of a new policy, according to an official.
The policy will be in line with the Sustainable Energy Unit’s (SEU) renewable energy action plan, reports Zawya.
The goal of the unit is to ensure that 5 percent of Bahrain’s total energy consumption is met through renewables by 2025, increasing to 10 percent by 2035.
“The policy will require real estate developers to integrate renewable energy technologies into the designs of new buildings,” SEU senior technical advisor Dr Khalid Burashid said.
“Before they start work on the building, designers will have to account for a certain percentage of renewable energy to be incorporated within the building’s design.
“This is aimed at new buildings and real estate developers, the main incentive for the target group being to reduce the demand for energy for the building from the grid. This, in turn, will reduce their electricity bill.”
Burashid spoke during the two-day International Conference on Green Cities, Sustainable Buildings and Renewable Energy, organized by Kingdom University.
Reports say the ministry is working on the development of renewable energy mandate for new buildings, which will make it mandatory for new buildings and real estate developments to integrate a certain percentage of renewable energy in the design of the building.
Burashid said another policy discussed was to have all government buildings supplied with solar panels from the private sector.
The government will seek quotes from the private sector for the installation of the equipment, which will help motivate the private sector to be involved in renewable energy, officials said.
Burashid also discussed the net metering scheme that took effect on Jan. 1 and under which the Electricity and Water Authority (EWA) will no longer be the sole producer of power in the country.
Homeowners and others who can generate electricity through solar PV systems will not only be able to reduce their consumption of power from the grid, thereby reducing their bills, but also be able to charge the EWA for the excess electricity they produce by pumping it into the grid.
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