Dubai has 43.7 MW under net metering

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The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has revealed there are now 1,032 residential and commercial buildings hosting a PV system under net metering in Dubai, for a total capacity of around 43.7 MW since the scheme was launched in early 2015.

Since the last time it provided similar statistics, in October, new PV systems with a combined capacity of 27 MW have been connected to the emirate’s grid, a clear sign interest for residential and commercial PV solutions among Dubai’s homeowners and businesses is growing exponentially.

DEWA has invited Dubai residents to benefit from the Shams Dubai scheme and the authority also recently launched the Shams Dubai Calculator, an online tool to help customers who want to install solar panels assess the potential of their rooftops.

Under the Shams Dubai initiative, owners of residential and commercial PV systems may sell surplus electricity to the grid at the same price for consuming it – at the end of the month only the net amount is billed to the customer.

As of May 2018, DEWA had certified more than 446 solar PV experts and 96 companies were enrolled for Shams Dubai: 85 contractors and 11 consultancies.

“The equipment eligibility scheme has attracted interest from 100 manufacturers who have registered so far, and 800 [systems] have been made eligible for use by Shams Dubai, such as panels, inverters, and interface protection,” the authority said in a statement.

And there was a fresh, 1 MW addition to rooftop solar in the emirate as Abu Dhabi-based developer Enviromena announced on Saturday it had completed an installation on the Dubai World Trade Center, in what the company claims was a record time.

Enviromena says the project – which features more than 3,000 panels across 6,600 sq meters – came online within four months.

The Dubai venue hosts the World Green Economic Summit and the Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition, among a busy program.