Bahrain’s Electricity and Water Affairs Ministry has unveiled the country's first solar home.
The house, which belongs to Hussein Sanad of the Al Mussala area in Jidhafs, is connected to Bahrain’s electricity network through a net metering system, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.
The project involved the installation of 24 solar panels with a total production capacity of 7.8 kW of electricity.
The system was approved by the Council of Ministers in January, after it was earlier passed by the Coordinating Committee under the chairmanship of HRH the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, BNA added.
Electricity and Water Affairs (EWA) Minister Dr Abdulhussain Mirza said the project was completed in two phases. Phase 1 saw EWA completing all official procedures in reviewing the project’s engineering details and ensuring that they complied with all technical and design requirements, as prescribed by existing laws and regulations.
Phase 2, meanwhile, consisted of the actual construction.
The house is the first to be connected to the government network with a net metering system, which allows individuals and establishments to install and use solar energy in their homes or facilities.
The minister also revealed that the Bahraini government is taking steps to install similar systems on the roofs of industrial structures and government buildings, such as schools, hospitals, and health centres, to maximise the use of solar energy.