Oman’s Authority for Electricity Regulation (AER) has signed a contract with British smart energy management provider PassivSystems to consult on the development of up to 1 GW of rooftop residential solar in the Sultanate.
The AER’s plan, called “Sahim Phase 1” is to install solar PV arrays on 30% of Oman’s residential buildings over the next few years.
During phase 1 of the project, PassivSystems will assist AER to identify and manage risks, draw up robust requests for proposals, analyse legal models and refine the customer proposition.
A pilot project will see between 1,000 and 3,000 homes fitted out with solar PV before scaling the programme to include more than a quarter of a million properties.
“We chose PassivSystems as consultants on this project because of its extensive experience working on funded solar PV schemes,” said Qais Saud al Zakwani, executive director, AER.
“By tapping into its experience as UK market leader in managing residential rooftop PV, we are confident that we will achieve the cost and generation yield targets necessary to ensure that this programme is a success.”
The model that the AER is pursuing is a funded ownership one, whereby homeowners have minimal capital outlay and access to generous financial incentives to install solar PV.
Funding for the project is expected to come from a variety of private investors, and PassivSystems’ involvement will see the British firm utilise its experience of managing vast portfolios of residential solar systems in the UK.