DEWA launches net metering initiative
Under Dubai’s Integrated Energy Strategy, the Emirate aims to generate 7% of it electricty requirement from renewable sources. This target is doubled to 15% by 2030. Pic credit: Greentech Lead

In the Middle East, the Dubai Energy Water Authority (DEWA), has launched a new initiative “Shams Dubai” to introduce net metering, and encouraging building owners to install solar PV panels.

Through the Shams Dubai Framework, building owners are able to submit net metering planning applications to DEWA through an online web portal.

The water authority’s net metering programme falls in line with the Emirate’s Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, through which Dubai aims to generate 7% of electricity through renewable sources by 2020. This target will increase in 2030 to 15%.

Commenting on the project, Saeed Al Tayer managing director and CEO of DEWA said: “[Shams] will enable the city’s facilities and services to be managed using smart and connected systems that enhance living standards for all of Dubai’s residents and visitors.”

Once building owners and contractors have submitted their online applications, those wanting to take part in the programme are required to appoint consultants and contractors from a pre-approved list – to apply for a “no objection certificate”. Once completed, DEWA will grant plans and inspect installations.

Customers receiving smart meters will pay for their smart meter, instead of paying for the connection to the utility. PV Tech reports that applications for smart metering will take approximately four weeks to complete.

Waleed Ali Ahman Salman, VP for strategy and business development, added:Electricity generated by the projects will be used against the building’s energy demands and any excess will be distributed to DEWA’s national grid in exchange for credit used against utility bills.”

SEC smart meter rollout

Meanwhile, the largest power utility in the Middle East, Saudi Electricity Company (SEC), has awarded CG, part of Indian business conglomerate the Avantha Group Company, a €3.4m contract to supply the utility with ZIV three phase smart meters.

CG, which acquired Spanish meter maker ZIV in 2012, won the contract to supply SEC with the bulk of its smart meter requirement.

The Mumbai-based company will adapt ZIV smart meters to the functionalities requested by SEC and will collaborate with the utility to provide the optimal systems for smart grid deployment in Saudi Arabia.

Smart meters provided by CG, will initially service small businesses in SEC’s remit, with additional contracts expected to be finalised in the short-term.

The smart meters will be connected to current transformers within the grid and communicate via GPRS.