King­dom to al­low in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies to in­stall so­lar cells for power sub­scribers


RIYADH: The King­dom will next Sun­day be­gin re­ceiv­ing ap­pli­ca­tions to in­stall so­lar cells, with the Saudi Elec­tric­ity and Co-Gen­er­a­tion Reg­u­la­tory Author­ity al­low­ing in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies to regis­ter for the project’s auc­tion.

The ini­tia­tive for us­ing the new tech­nol­ogy falls into “The King­dom’s Vi­sion 2030” that sup­ports the use of so­lar en­ergy in the King­dom, re­ly­ing less on oil, and giv­ing con­sumers the op­por­tu­nity to gen­er­ate power and ex­port the sur­plus en­ergy to the na­tional grid.

Ab­dul­lah Al-Shehry, gov­er­nor of the Elec­tric­ity and Co-Gen­er­a­tion Reg­u­la­tory Author­ity, told Ale­qte­sa­diah that “us­ing so­lar en­ergy will be op­tional” and clar­i­fied that the author­ity adopted reg­u­la­tions for the uses of so­lar en­ergy ti­tled “Small-scale So­lar En­ergy Sys­tems.”

Al-Shehry stressed that this op­por­tu­nity to in­stall so­lar cells is avail­able to both lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies, pro­vided that they ob­tain a qual­i­fi­ca­tion cer­tifi­cate from the Saudi Elec­tric­ity Co. (SEC).

He fur­ther noted that the so­lar en­ergy project will start be­ing im­ple­mented by the mid­dle of next year, al­low­ing con­sumers to ex­port the re­dun­dant en­ergy to the na­tional grid at a price to be set by the net­work each year, or to be de­ducted from their elec­tric­ity bills.

A team of ex­perts is de­vel­op­ing the reg­u­la­tions and nec­es­sary tech­ni­cal de­signs to launch the project.

The sub­mis­sion of ini­tial online ap­pli­ca­tions will start next Sun­day to limit the num­ber of sub­scribers, and to be able to study the de­mand, the po­ten­tial pro­duced en­ergy, and its im­pact on the na­tional grid.

Ab­dul­lah bin Mo­hammed Al-Beeshi, head of dis­tri­bu­tion ser­vices and leader of the ini­tia­tive of the so­lar en­ergy shift at the SEC, pointed out in a pre­vi­ous report that the qual­i­fied sub­scribers can sub­mit a fi­nal ap­pli­ca­tion to in­stall and con­nect the smallscale pho­to­voltaic so­lar en­ergy sys­tems to the na­tional grid on July 1, 2018.

He added that the nec­es­sary de­tails, in­struc­tions, pro­ce­dures and ex­am­ples re­gard­ing the ap­pli­ca­tions will be posted on SEC’s of­fi­cial site to make it eas­ier for sub­scribers, he added.

A Saudi man walks a field of so­lar pan­els at the King Ab­dul Aziz City for Science and Tech­nol­ogy. (Reuters)

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