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Alba to Install 6 MW of Solar Panels at Its Smelter

solar panels© by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) plans to install over 37,000 sq m of solar photovoltaic panels at its aluminum smelter in Bahrain. The renewable power will support the production of high quality primary aluminum.

“Sustainability is entrenched in our Vision, Mission, and Values; this Project is fully aligned with our environmental, social, and governance (ESG) ambitions and our pledge to realize HRH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister’s objectives of net-zero emissions by 2060 as made during the 26th Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26),” said Alba’s chairman of the board Shaikh Daij bin Salman bin Daij Al Khalifa. “I trust that upon the completion of installing the solar panels, [Alba] will see more environmentally responsible projects across the Kingdom to scale up the local clean energy generation and transition to a net-zero economy.”

Supplied by Advanced United Systems (AUS), the solar farm project will involve the installation of around 11,300 solar panels on the roof of Alba’s parking garages, as well as some other buildings, including the spent potlining (SPL) treatment plant. The project will generate around 10,539 MWh of power per year, reducing carbon emissions by approximately 7.59 million kg per year — corresponding to a total reduction of 189.79 million kg of emissions over a 25 year span.

“Safety is first and foremost in Alba; that’s why we have engaged with Advanced United Systems to deliver this Project within 15 months,” noted Ali Al Baqali, CEO of Alba. “I also take the opportunity to call upon all corporates to participate in the energy transition revolution that is taking shape in the Kingdom so together we contribute to Bahrain’s aspirations of Net Zero Emissions by 2060.”

The Solar Farm Project is one of the many initiatives under Alba’s ESG Roadmap as the company journeys to further sustainable value for its people and society.

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