Next Bahrain Formula One Race to be Solar Powered
MANAMA: A major solar project at Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) that could power the 2022 Formula 1 Grand Prix is set to begin soon.
BIC yesterday announced the launch of an international public tender for the development of the solar farm at the circuit.
A Request for Proposal has been issued via the Government Tender Board for Build Own Operate and Maintain (BOOM) grid-tied solar PV power plant with minimum capacity of 3 MWac.
Panels will be installed as car park shades at BIC and bidders have been sought for a 20-year contract period.
“This new project is expected to deliver enough energy to power the entire Formula 1 race weekend,” the BIC said in a statement yesterday.
“It also supports Bahrain’s commitment to increase renewable energy and Formula 1’s plan to have net zero carbon emissions by 2030.
“The project will reduce the venue’s carbon footprint and generate significant savings on overall energy costs.
“The first phase of construction on solar panels is set to kick off over the summer.”
BIC chief operating officer Fayez Ramzy Fayez described the project as a milestone for Bahrain.