Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO), Petra Solar and the National Oil & Gas Authority have agreed to set up a 5MW distributed smart solar energy project in the country.

The partners, according to the agreement, will utilize smart grid technology to provide solar power to a number of locations in the Middle Eastern country including at BAPCO’s Awali Township and the University of Bahrain.

Petra Solar president and chief executive Dr Shihab Kuran said, "Solar power and a stable electric grid are critical elements to Bahrain developing economic and energy security."

"In Awali, we are deploying solar power plus we are building a wireless smart grid network, which are the building blocks for command and control of smart cities," added Kuran.

Petra Solar will use its technology that features a high-tech research and development component in Bahrain to build a power solar ecosystem in the region.