Dubai utility clamps down on net-metered industrial solar

May 26, 2020 06:14 PM ET
  • Dubai Electricity and also Water Authority has actually released brand-new guidelines obstructing ground-mounted industrial as well as commercial solar projects and also topping roof installments at 2 MW.
Dubai utility clamps down on net-metered industrial solar
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Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (Dewa) has actually introduced "ground-mounted projects are no more imagined under Shams Dubai"-- the web metering regimen presented in the emirate in 2015.

The sensational plan action was accompanied by a news that, under brand-new Shams Dubai policies, "the optimum capability to be mounted in a [roof] story is covered at 2,080 kW."

The Shams system, which had actually driven 106 MW of solar generation ability by September, allows PV system proprietors to obtain electrical power expense credit scores for excess power pumped back right into the grid on a like-for-like, retail-price basis. The remarkable plan about-turn was revealed on May 11.

With resources educating pv magazine industrial organisations such as producers as well as resorts had actually shown a cravings for roof systems with capabilities well over of 2 MW-- and also sometimes intending to swimming pool initiatives to establish ground-mounted varieties of as much as 50 MW-- the plan bombshell seems an effort by the utility to gain back control over power generation in the emirate.

The generation as well as usage of electrical power by various personal entities is simplest when 'wheeling' guidelines allow such power to be moved making use of the general public grid network. Although wheeling is not readily available in Dubai, hope was supposedly expanding amongst commercial and also industrial potential generators that such a routine would certainly be presented, complying with the success of the Shams internet metering program. The utility's significant treatment shows up to have actually squashed that assumption.

With the emirate amongst the many Gulf states purchasing large, headline-grabbing solar websites, it shows up the Dubai authorities additionally mean to go back to a much more central method to the preparation of much smaller sized ranges also.

Dewa alerted there would certainly be no exemptions to the brand-new guidelines "for solar PV projects started by consumers under Shams Dubai, and also nothing else regulative structure is imagined to approve any kind of application not abiding" with the brand-new routine.

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