The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) recently co-organised a workshop on accelerating the uptake of residential solar in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, held in Dubai (UAE) on 8 November 2015.

The diverse range of participants, including local policy-makers, financiers and business representatives, discussed perspectives for distributed solar PV in the region, the potential for cost reduction and cost best practices globally for residential PV, focussing on how to integrate lessons learned from previous 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 the UAE; an overview of grid-connected rooftop solar PV projects in Kuwait; policies adapted to the UAE 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 delivered by 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; and Arslan Khalid presented on the energy sector, renewable energy landscape and future development in the GCC countries.

The agenda of the workshop may be found here. Presentations, if provided by the authors, are available by clicking on their titles in the agenda.

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