EWA Minister opens training course specialized in solar energy system installation

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Electricity and Water Affairs Minister Dr. Abdulhussain Mirza inaugurated the third session of the training programme for contractors and consultants to obtain an approved certificate specialized in the installation of solar energy systems.

The session was organized by the Sustainable Energy Unit in cooperation with the Electricity and Water Authority and the United Nations Development Programme at the Electricity and Water Authority Training Centre in Sitra.

The event was attended by UNDP Resident Representative Amin El Sharkawy and invited guests. More than 110 participants in the session have been divided in two groups. While one group will receive training from November 12 to 18, the other batch will be trained from November 18 to 24.

The minister spoke to the participants and praised the success of the previous session of the training programme and the positive results that reflected on the investment market in the field of renewable energy and attracting foreign and domestic investments in solar energy projects.

Dr. Mirza said the launch of this training course confirms the commitment of the wise leadership to encourage the use of clean energy in the country for sustainable development, which comes as part of the steps Bahrain seeks to achieve the national goals related to renewable energy and energy efficiency and achieving international commitments related to the goals of sustainable development.

The minister applauded Bahrain’s achievements in the areas of renewable energy and energy efficiency, including the adoption of the policy of net metering, as well as the start of the project to set up a 100 megawatts solar energy plant.

He also spoke of the project to use roofs of government buildings to install solar energy systems, the first of which is scheduled to be launched at the end of December 2018 as a public tender developed by the Sustainable Energy Unit in cooperation with the Ministry of Works and Urban Planning.

Dr. Mirza said the course is being offered through a dynamic programme by two renewable energy companies, J Lanka and CESI, to provide the highest level of training and diversify experiences.

The minister thanked the Sustainable Energy Unit and the officials of the Electricity and Water Authority and the two specialized companies for their cooperation and efforts which culminated in the establishment of this course and wishing the participants success in the training program and in their future endeavors.

Mr. El Sharkawy congratulated Dr. Mirza and stressed the commitment of the United Nations Development Programme to support the Sustainable Energy Unit to achieve its objectives.

This course will result in an approval certificate by which the contractors and consultants can complete their accreditation procedures approved by the Electricity and Water Authority with the support of the United Nations Development Programme.