JLanka International, a leading solar & renewable energy technology solutions provider, has announced an investment of up to US$10 million in Bahrain’s next step towards solar and renewable energy conversion within the coming five years.

JLanka has been commissioned by the Kingdom’s Sustainable Energy Unit (SEU) under the supervision of Minister of Electricity and Water, Dr. Abdul Hussain bin Ali Mirza, to conduct an exclusive training program in Bahrain to educate and certify solar PV contractors & consultants as well as training EWA personnel on grid connection standards. JLanka, which will start operations soon, has also been appointed as lead consultant on a project to install solar PV systems on more than 500 government owned buildings in Bahrain including schools and hospitals.

This comes following BAPCO awarding “Green Innova”, under the consortium formed with  JLanka, an operation and maintenance contract for the 5MW solar plant installed at the University of Bahrain and at various sites in BAPCO.

“We are delighted we are expanding our operations internationally and Bahrain was an ideal choice for our first overseas investment. Bahrain’s government has a clear commitment to renewable energy enablement and is therefore the perfect location to launch and expand a technology driven company,” the Chief Business Development Officer of JLanka International, Majdy Elnemer, commented.

“Bahrain provides companies with the unique opportunity to expand directly across the GCC, making it an important gateway for any company looking to access the rest of the GCC. What’s more, the opportunity to tap into a young, motivated and highly skilled workforce, is of paramount importance for any new industry, with the sharing of knowledge with the local Bahraini workforce crucial to the success of JLanka’s investment,” Elnemer concluded.

Managing Director of the Bahrain Economic Development Board, Dr. Simon Galpin, stated that JLanka has chosen Bahrain as its first port of call for international expansion is a testament to the conditions that exist here for the solar power industry. “It is not just the focus & commitment put in place by the government through the NREAP (National Renewable Energy Action Plans), but also our highly skilled workforce and unparalleled Government support for innovative technology. We welcome the investment from JLanka, a company whose application of next generation technology can undoubtedly increase the efficiency and the financial feasibility of renewable energy projects in Bahrain,” he said.