Rooftop so­lar pan­els

Times of Oman - - OMAN -

Stud­ies show that Oman is one of the coun­tries with the max­i­mum so­lar ir­ra­di­ance in the world, which is the mea­sure of the amount of sun rays re­ceived per unit area.

Al­ter­nate en­ergy

How­ever, apart from re­new­able en­ergy power plant projects in the in­te­rior parts of Oman by the Ru­ral Area Elec­tric­ity Com­pany (RAECO), there are few large scale al­ter­nate en­ergy projects in the coun­try.

The Au­thor­ity for Elec­tric­ity reg­u­la­tion launched Sahim, Oman’s first re­new­able en­ergy ini­tia­tive, ear­lier this year through which res­i­dents will be able to gen­er­ate power by in­stalling rooftop so­lar pan­els, while be­ing con­nected to the grid.

Ex­tra en­ergy

The ini­tia­tive also of­fers con­sumers to feed ex­tra en­ergy pro­duced back to the grid that would be com­pen­sated for, de­pend­ing on the tar­iff dur­ing the time of day.

Mean­while, the cost of pro­duc­tion of elec­tric­ity us­ing so­lar en­ergy dropped by 78 per cent from $3.25 to $0.72 per unit world­wide dur­ing the pe­riod of 2006 to 2014, but es­ti­mates show that they re­main just be­low $2 per watt in Oman. Lat­est stud­ies from Moody’s show that so­lar PV costs have dipped by 20 per cent since late 2016.

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