Oman's Authority for Electricity Regulation (AER) has issued a license to Bahwan Astonfield Solar Energy Company for a solar power plant, with an annual capacity of 303KW located in Al Mazyounnah area of Dhofar Governorate.
The plant's production will be sold to the Rural Areas Electricity Company (RAEC), as per the agreement signed between the two companies.
The license, issued officially on 1 June, 2015, is valid for two years, local agency ONA reported.
Abdul Wahab bin Abdullah al-Hinai, director of licenses and legal affairs at AER said that the license for this pilot project is the first of its kind.
“The plant is an important step in promoting the use of renewable energy resources in the Sultanate," al-Hinai said.
"The plant will help in assessing the feasibility of commercial use of such technology, as well as the challenges that may be faced if more similar projects with higher capacities are implemented.
“Work is underway to develop the regulatory framework for the power generation from solar cells placed on rooftops and the power generated by other plants, and exported to the grid," he continued.