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Saudi issues framework for small-scale solar energy generation

The Saudi government has issued a regulatory framework for electricity consumers to operate their own small-scale solar power generating systems

Saudi aims to generate 9.5GW of electricity from renewable sources.
Saudi aims to generate 9.5GW of electricity from renewable sources.

The Saudi government has issued a regulatory framework for electricity consumers to operate their own small-scale solar power generating systems.

Included in the framework, which will come into effect on July 2018, is the export of unused power to the national grid.

According to Saudi Gazette, the Electricity and Cogeneration Regulatory Authority said that the framework will cover small photovoltaic facilities with generating capacity of no more than 2MW.

Fayez al-Jabri, the authority's director-general of technical affairs, said: "What has been achieved is an essential step forward towards the realisation of the deployment of renewable energy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia."

At a tariff approved by the authority, consumers will receive cash payments after a year for have their excess electricity offset against their future consumption.

Saudi aims to generate 9.5GW of electricity from such renewable sources annually by 2023 through 60 projects, investing between $30bn and $50bn.

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