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AER Oman hires CESI to drive solar power adoption

Authority for Electricity Regulation, Oman has appointed CESI Middle East as the lead consultant for the integration of rooftop solar photovoltaic panels in the sultanate

AER Oman has appointed CESI Middle East as the lead consultant for the technical integration of rooftop solar photovoltaic systems in the Sultanate.
AER Oman has appointed CESI Middle East as the lead consultant for the technical integration of rooftop solar photovoltaic systems in the Sultanate.

Authority for Electricity Regulation, Oman (AER Oman) has appointed CESI Middle East as the lead consultant for the integration of rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) panels in the sultanate.

A division of technical consulting and engineering outfit, Centro Elettrotecnico Sperimentale Italiano (CESI), CESI Middle East will create a framework for the deployment of small-scale, grid-connected rooftop solar PV systems.

The appointment follows a recent study, completed by Oman’s Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW) in conjunction with German GIZ and the Fraunhofer Institute, which found that rooftop solar PV systems installed across the country could generate almost 1.4GW of energy.

Dr Matteo Codazzi, chief executive officer of CESI, commented: “We are a committed partner in helping to provide reliable and energy-efficient power to drive economic growth and development across the Sultanate of Oman.

“Leveraging on our established expertise in the Middle East, as well as our global network of skilled professionals, CESI will help to not only develop the technical integration standards for this project, but also lay the foundations for further energy stability and sustainability in the sultanate, and across the region.”

Oman is the recipient of extensive solar radiation, with daily peaks of 5,500-6,000Wh/m2 during the summer months. This represents one of the highest solar energy densities in the world.

The sultanate has also seen a significant increase in electricity demand in recent years. During the past decade, the country has had to increase its electricity supply – from largely conventional sources – by approximately 140%.

AER Oman is confident that CESI Middle East’s appointment will help the sultanate to better utilise its solar resources, and reduce its consumption of diesel fuel.

The project is one of several that CESI Middle East has supported in the region. The company has served as a lead consultant for high-profile clients including the UAE’s Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), and the sultanate’s Rural Areas Electricity Company Oman (RAECO).

Dr Floris Hendrikus Schulze, managing director of CESI Middle East, said: “It is clear that governments in the region are committed to the development of a sustainable future through the use of renewable energy sources.

“Projects such as this one help to lay the foundations for the green agendas of each of these countries, and solidify CESI’s position as one of the leading technical consultancies [in] the Middle East,” he concluded.

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