Saudi Arabia: Small Photovoltaic Solar System Regulation

  • Saudi Arabia
  • Energy and infrastructure - Clean energy


Further to our recent e-briefing Saudi Arabia Renewable IPP programme we would like to update you on the Small Photovoltaic Solar System Regulation.

The Electricity and Cogeneration Regulatory Authority in Saudi Arabia (ECRA) has prepared a Small Photovoltaic Solar System Regulation, which is still in a draft form, setting out the framework for the connection of Small Scale Solar PV Systems to the Distribution System.

The draft regulation applies to Small Solar PV System installations of no more than 1 MW capacity connected in parallel to the distribution system. PV installation must be in the same premises of customer consumption (i.e. no wheeling allowed). The draft sets out the key principles of the proposed net metering, and allows the customer to export surplus electricity generated from Small Scale Solar PV System to the Distribution System. Surplus electricity generated by the customer, in excess of its monthly consumption, will be carried forward to the next billing cycle and shall be offset against its future consumption. Surplus units will be rolled over for a period of 3 years, and at the period end the Distribution Service Provider shall pay the customer, at the tariff approved by ECRA.

The draft regulation further provides an overview on the connection process, and the role of the approved solar PV consultant/contractor. The proposed connection agreement form is attached to the draft regulation, and has a term of 20 years.

The draft regulation is currently open for public comments. The deadline to submit comments is 27 April 2017 at 15:00. For a full copy of the draft regulation, and details on how to participate in public comments please click here.

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