DEWA releases standards for rooftop PV systems

Contractors must use tools and equipment compatible with DEWA's standards before installing or connecting them to the grid.

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Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) has released the standards for installing solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on buildings in Dubai and has invited manufacturers to submit their eligibility applications.

HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, issued resolution No. (46) for 2014, allowing customers to install photovoltaic (PV) panels for the production of electricity from solar power in buildings, and connect them to DEWA’s grid.

This makes Dubai the first city in the Middle East to put in place a comprehensive framework at legislative level that allows any interested customer to install PV generation systems. Any surplus of production will be fed into the electricity network.

The initiative allows customers to install systems to generate electricity using photovoltaic panels. An offset between exported and imported electricity units is conducted and the customer account is settled based on this offset.

“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,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.

“DEWA will periodically review the performance of these systems and their compatibility, and improve the process to ensure the solar power technologies are seamlessly integrated with the current power production systems,” added Al Tayer.

The eligibility criteria are described in the Standards for Distributed Renewable Resources Generators Connected to the Distribution Network, which set out the requirements for solar photovoltaic modules, inverters, and interface protection systems, among other tools.

DEWA will continuously review and update the standards to keep requirements updated on the latest available standards.

Contractors and consultants who install photovoltaic panels must use tools and equipment compatible with DEWA’s standards before installing or connecting them to the grid.

To learn about the technical requirements, contractors, consultants, and manufacturers can visit the following website:

To register their equipment, manufacturers are invited to email the completed forms to


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