Oman greenlights solar power pilot project
Bahwan Astonfield Solar Energy given license to develop small scale project in Dhofar.
Oman has issued a licence for the Sultanate’s first solar power project in the southern Dhofar Governate.
Authority for Electricity Regulation (AER) gave Bahwan Astonfield Solar Energy the greenlight to develop a 303 KW installation.
Power from the project will be sold to the Rural Areas Electricity Company (RAECO) under a two-year contract, the Times of Oman reported.
The licence is also valid for two years from June 1, according to Abdul Wahab bin Abdullah Al Hinai, director of licences and legal affairs at the AER.
Like the rest of the Gulf, Oman has significant potential to develop solar as well wind power projects and the government is expected to finalise renewable energy regulations in the near future that will pave the way for larger scale, grid connected projects.
Subject to the introduction of those regulations, Oman Power and Water Procurement Co (OPWP) has said it expects to procure around 200 MW of solar generation capacity which it hopes will be online by around 2019.
Construction of a 50MW wind power project in Dhofar Governate is set to begin by the end of this year.
The first large scale wind project in the GCC is being developed by Abu Dhabi-based renewable energy company Masdar for RAECO.