Owned by Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO), a wholly owned subsidiary of National Oil and Gas Authority (NOGA), the 5MW project will deliver in excess of 8,000MWh of clean renewable energy.

BAPCO CEO Adel Almoayyed, "We expect that this project will be the first step in Bahrain’s march towards a solar future."

Caspian Renewable Energy Chief Executive Marty Youssefiani said that the project represents an important milestone in the public-private partnership between Bahrain and the US.

"Our consortium’s commitment to the Kingdom is long-term, multi-faceted and will be including investment tracks in the field of R+D and manufacturing to firmly position Bahrain as the region’s standard bearer of smart, clean energy," Youssefiani added.

The project marks the first phase of the Let Bahrain Shine initiative, which is led by a consortium aimed to assist the Kingdom of Bahrain meet up to 10% of its energy demands by 2010 through clean renewable energy.