DEWA releases first set of standards for panel installations

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has released its first set of standards for the installation of solar panels on buildings.

According to a statement from DEWA, this move makes Dubai the first city in the Middle East to enact ‘a comprehensive framework at legislative level that allows any interested customer to install PV generation systems’.

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, said, “As part of our efforts to support the Green Economy for Sustainable Development initiative launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and the Smart Dubai initiative to transform Dubai into the smartest city in the world, and to achieve the happiness and satisfaction of our customers about the government services, 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.”

The document Standards for Distributed Renewable Resources Generators Connected to the Distribution Network, available online here, outlines and describes the eligibility criteria. DEWA said in a statement that it would continually review and modify the standards. Tools and equipment used to install panels must also comply with DEWA standards.

The issuance of the standards follows the passing of a motion on 15 December that would allow rooftop systems to operate under a net metering system. DEWA has invited manufacturers to submit their eligibility applications.