New Dubai policy to allow on-site solar

Dubai is set to expand its on-site solar sector with new regulations allowing the installation of rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.

In co-operation with the Emirate’s Supreme Council of Energy, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has reportedly drafted the legislation, which is expected to be approved next month.

The new law has been in the works since January, when DEWA (offices pictured) said it would cap the amount of electricity that on-site solar systems can sell to the grid and establish a maximum system size. The Emirate is also reportedy considering implementing feed-in tariffs in order to encourage rooftop solar development.

'In the near future [Dubai] will have a legislative environment that allows for grid-connected solar power. There will be different approaches for different scales,' said Ivano Iannelli, chief executive of the state-owned Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence, in an interview with Dubai newspaper The National.

'In the next 12 months, we will see a constant increase of solar infrastructure. Not only stand-alone facilities such as solar pumps, but to actually power our villas, our parks, our residential communities,' he added.




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