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Oman seeks consultant to promote rooftop solar

The Authority for Electricity Regulation (AER) has floated a tender to appoint a consultant to assist with the development of technical standards for rooftop solar systems.

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The Authority for Electricity Regulation (AER) has floated a tender to appoint a consultant to assist with the development of technical standards for rooftop solar systems.

Eng Hilal al Ghaithi, project manager, AER was quoted in a release as saying, “In line with the authority’s plans to promote the use of rooftop solar systems that was announced in March this year, a tender has been floated to appoint a specialist consultant to assist it in developing technical integration standards and rules for the connection of rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.”

He added, “The consultant will recommend and draft technical standards and rules to allow the connection of rooftop solar PV systems that will be installed on buildings to the low voltage (LV) networks. The standards will cover issues such as technical, protection and metering requirements.

“Most importantly, the standards will also set safety requirements to ensure that all installations comply with the relevant local regulations and best international practices.”

He stressed that while AER is keen on facilitating deployment of rooftop solar systems, it is essential that robust technical standards are put in place to ensure installations are of high quality and are constructed in a safe and reliable manner.

Technical integration standards are also important to ensure reliability and safety of the low voltage networks that are owned by distribution companies.

When these technical standards are issued they will form an important part of a comprehensive regulatory framework that will allow individuals to connect rooftop solar PV systems to the LV networks, added the release.

In the implementation phase, AER will ensure that any application for connecting rooftop solar systems will be reviewed and processed in a transparent and consistent manner. For this reason, typical procedures to be followed by electricity distribution companies will be designed to allow each rooftop solar connection to be suitably assessed, added the release.

Eng Ghaithi said the authority is working in coordination with relevant government authorities to develop new policies and regulations that are needed to support and encourage renewable energy investment.

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