Authority for Electricity Regulation seeks EOI for installation of rooftop solar panels

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Muscat - 

To promote the deployment of renewable energy in Oman, the Authority for Electricity Regulation (AER) has invited expressions of interest (EOI) to provide and operate an integrated risk management system to facilitate the installation of rooftop solar panels on residential households across Oman.

This is part of the Sahim initiative. AER has identified the experience requirements expected of an entity which will operate the system on its behalf and ensure the systems are installed, commissioned and operated in an efficient manner, stated a press release. Qais bin Saud al Zakwani, executive director and member of AER, said, “Sahim 2 aims to drive the wide-scale deployment of small-scale PV systems at between ten per cent and 30 per cent of residential premises by securing funding solutions.

“The current subsidised residential tariffs distort the benefits and put small-scale PV installations at a disadvantage. We are looking to unlock the benefits for Oman by securing funding for interested customers whose premises meet specific technical criteria.”

Zakwani added, “The authority will appoint a reputable company to monitor and maintain an integrated system. The costs of residential PV systems will not be met by customers but by private sector entities who will recover related costs through contracts with licensed suppliers. The private PV system providers will compete to fund, procure, install, own, operate and maintain PV systems at residential premises designated by the authority. We are also aiming to ensure the involvement of local SMEs in Sahim 2.”

A copy of the EOI can be found on www.aer-oman.org .

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