What if I overproduce electricity with my solar power plant?

In March 2015, DEWA, in line with the Government of Dubai’s initiatives, rolled out a solar net-metering scheme encouraging users of commercial, industrial and residential facilities to utilize solar PV technology to generate their own electricity and credit their electricity bills through Net Metering.


Shams Dubai allows DEWA customers to install solar panels on their facilities or homes, and utilize the produced solar energy to reduce their electricity bills. Any surplus electricity that was not used immediately will be credited by DEWA’s grid, further reducing the electricity bill in the next month. Such credits can be stored at the DEWA customer’s account with no expiry date.


Example: You operate a food dry-storage warehouse in Dubai Industrial City. Your annual electricity bill issued by DEWA is AED 400,000, with a mean monthly bill of AED 34,000. The electricity consumption fluctuates during the year. So, in Nov-Mar it is at the lower end, while Jun-Aug are the most energy intensive. You deployed a solar power plant on your rooftop in December. In the first 3 months it overproduced your electric needs as the plant receives the sun irradiation throughout the whole year. What happens is the EXTRA kilo-watt-hours you produced were credited back to DEWA under your account name, so that when your consumption spiked in July, those "credits" were imported back to you to reduce your utility bill.

 

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