UAE's Italian Embassy first to use solar PV power

Abu Dhabi's RSB has issued a Self-Regulating Generation Licence for solar power to the Embassy of Italy in the UAE

Saif Al Qubaisi (left) hands over Self-Regulating Generation Licence to Liborio Stellino
Saif Al Qubaisi (left) hands over Self-Regulating Generation Licence to Liborio Stellino

Abu Dhabi's Regulation and Supervision Bureau (RSB) announced it has has issued a Self-Regulating Generation Licence to the Embassy of Italy in the UAE for the generation of electricity through solar photovoltaic (PV) installations.

Electricity will be generated by the PV units installed on the rooftop and car shades of the Embassy's premises in Abu Dhabi.

In a statement, RSB said the installed capacity of the rooftop mounted solar PV system is 28 kWp, which will provide the building with an estimated annual electricity of 45.36MWh.

Remarking at the occasion, Saif Al Qubaisi, director-general of RSB, said: "I welcome this initiative to commission a solar PV installation at the Embassy’s premises as part of its sustainable environmental initiative.

"This is fully aligned with one of the 25 goals of the recently launched Abu Dhabi Plan – to promote a sustainable environment and the optimal use of natural resources.”

The Italian Embassy is the very first embassy in Abu Dhabi to be powered by solar PV energy, RSB's statement added.

Liborio Stellino, the Ambassador of Italy, remarked: “I am very proud of such remarkable goal, achieved thanks to the extraordinary cooperation of RSB and the remarkable support of Enel Green Power, which is in line with the utmost attention paid by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to environmental sustainability.

"I am also very proud of this PV system becoming operational on the eve of Italy’s assuming in 2017 the Presidency of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) General Assembly.

"I am confident that this great initiative, realised in Abu Dhabi, will further strengthen the reputation of Abu Dhabi and its achievements and projects within the diplomatic and international community.”

RSB had developed the first regulatory framework that allows for the grid-connection of solar PV systems in Abu Dhabi, and the framework comprises of licensing and technical connection requirements.

The Self-Regulating Licence framework is specifically designed to establish a light-touch regulatory regime, which ensures proper supervision without creating undue financial, technical, or administrative burdens to participation.

For solar PV systems connected to the low voltage electrical installation in building premises, the installation shall comply with the relevant standards and technical requirements listed in the Electricity Wiring Regulations (Third Edition) issued by RSB.

The regulation includes PV general principles and standards, protection requirements, isolation and switching requirements, labelling requirements, and inspection and testing.

More than 30 projects for electricity generation through rooftop PV systems were implemented in Abu Dhabi, with a total capacity of 3.846KW, in addition to ongoing projects.


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