Dewa unveils standards for solar panels
Authority says framework will allow solar PV installers to sell power back to grid to offset bills
Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (Dewa) has unveiled a set of standards that could allow customers to install photovoltaic (PV) panels to generate their own solar power at buildings in Dubai and sell it back to the grid.
A new government resolution provides the framework for companies and individuals to install solar PV panels and connect them to the grid, selling any excess power back into the network to achieve discounts on power bills
Dewa said the ruling made it the first city in the Middle East to put a regulatory network in place to offer this type of incentive .
"We call upon all manufacturers of solar power equipment and tools to register their products as eligible for Dewa so that customers have a reference to start installing the solar systems as soon as possible, according to the highest design qualification standards," said Dewa's CEO Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer.
It has published eligibility requirements for solar systems which it has said will be regularly reviewed to make sure they comply with the latest standards. It also said contractors installing PV panels needed to use tools and equipment compatible with its standards before connecting them to the grid.
At the recent Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, Al Tayer announced that Dubai had trebled its renewable energy generation target by 2030 - from 5% of the total energy mix to 15%.
“Even though some people were worried that the latest drop in oil prices would affect the renewable and clean energy sector, in the UAE we are determined to continue our efforts to build and develop a greener economy,” he said.