The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) together with Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) has recently organized a workshop on accelerating the uptake of residential solar in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, in Dubai (UAE.) on November 8th, 2015.

The diverse range of participants, from local policy-makers to financiers and business representatives discussed perspectives for distributed solar PV in the region, potentials for cost reduction and cost best practices globally for residential PV with a focus on how to integrate the observed experiences into ongoing residential PV deployment initiatives in the region.

The workshop covered topics such as how innovation can spur the residential PV market in United Arab Emirates, an overview of grid connected rooftop solar PV projects in Kuwait, policies adapted to the U.A.E. context that can stimulate market development and bring down solar PV costs, an overview of the DEWA’s Shams Dubai rooftop initiative and lessons learnt from participants in the early development of residential solar PV markets.

The workshop featured three presentations from IRENA staff. Michael Taylor presented on lessons learnt in the last 10 years from the global decrease in solar PV costs. Dr. Roland Roesch presented the Project Navigator tool for improved project development. Arslan Khalid presented on the energy sector, renewable energy landscape and future development in the GCC countries.

The agenda of the workshop is to be found here. Presentations, if provided by the authors, are available by clicking on the title of the presentations in the agenda.

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