Saudi Ministry of Energy is all set to generate electricity for consumers’ houses and enterprises from small-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) systems which will be later connected to the Kingdom’s grid.
The ministry in its statement added that the economic feasibility of installing the small-scale solar PV systems will be studied while calculating the estimated costs and the measures related to the safe connection to the grid, along with the related applicable specifications.
In this regard, the Electricity & Co-Generation Regulatory Authority (ECRA) has developed a new platform, “Shamsi”, as other governmental authorities assume their responsibilities according to their respective capabilities.
The solar PV systems will aid the Kingdom to deliver renewable energy and promote local content usage, in addition to encouraging Saudization in several energy fields, following the objective of Saudi Vision 2030.
The ministry further noted that the qualified companies and contractors for installing and connecting these systems to the Kingdom’s grid will be shortlisted according to rigid criteria. The qualification process will have several phases, including general assessment of bidders, technical evaluation of proposals, approval of bidding proposals, and then the announcement of the qualified bidders.
The regulatory framework of the small-scale solar PV systems addresses various aspects needed for connection of the systems which includes distribution network, setting up required regulations for net billing arrangements of surplus energy, ensuring efficient and safe construction, installation, maintenance and operation of small-scale solar PV systems across the country along with safeguarding the interests of consumers and increasing their awareness related towards it.
The participating entities in the project are the Ministry of Energy, ECRA, Ministry of Municipality and Rural Affairs (MoMRA), Ministry of Housing, Ministry of Commerce and Investment (MOCI), King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE), and Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO).