Oman calls in UK solar specialist to advise on new rooftop energy scheme

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British solar energy specialist PassivSystems has secured a contract with Oman’s Authority for Electricity Regulation (AER), which will see the UK firm provide advice and guidance on an ambitious green power scheme.

Oman’s government wants to install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on more than 30 per cent of all residential rooftops in the sultanate.

To begin with, a pilot project will see solar PV panels installed on the roofs of between 1,000 and 3,000 homes. The rollout will then be scaled up to include more than a quarter of a million properties.

According to PassivSystems, the government’s Sahim solar energy scheme will involve a ‘funded ownership’ model, designed to provide significant consumer benefits for homeowners. It will accelerate rooftop solar deployment in the country by targeting residential rooftops.

The initiative is being led by AER, although private investors will provide the capital to fund the solar scheme.

PassivSystems’ role will focus on helping to deliver value for money by driving down operating costs and maximising generation.

Colin Calder, the UK company’s chief executive, said: “This is an exciting, ambitious initiative and I applaud the Sultanate for embracing renewable energy on such a broad scale.

“We will be working closely with the AER to ensure that this project moves forward from a vision to a reality based on a sound financial model.”

Qais Saud Al Zakwani, the AER’s executive director, added: “We chose PassivSystems as consultants on this project because of its extensive experience working on funded solar PV schemes.

“By tapping into its experience as UK market leaders 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.”