Expert workshop on Net Metering Mechanism in Bahrain

Manama-Kingdom of Bahrain, 17 April 2018: Electricity and Water Authority (EWA) in cooperation with the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) organized a workshop to exchange Arab expertise in the design and implementation of “Solar Energy Net Metering Programs”.

The workshop started with an opening statement by EWA Executive Chairman, H.E. Sheikh Nawaf Bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa and RCREEE Executive Director, Dr. Ahmed Badr.

Experts from Egypt and Tunisia presented their countries’ experiences in the implementation of the net metering mechanism and the challenges faced. The renowned energy sector experts Dr. Hafez El-Salmawy, and Dr. Mohamed Salah El-Sobky, presented the Egyptian experience. Meanwhile, Eng. Moez Ben Habib El Salmi of the Tunisian Electricity and Gas Company (STEG) presented the Tunisian experience on this subject. RCREEE’s Technical Director, Dr. Maged K. Mahmoud, moderated the workshop.

Speakers discussed the role of electricity companies, conditions and expertise needed in dealing with services and qualifying companies specialized in supply and installation of solar PV systems and requirements for grid connection and stability. The experts also discussed the calculation methods for billing and savings for subscribers (electricity consumers), as well as recommendations for enriching the recently launched program in the Kingdom of Bahrain. This net metering mechanism promotes the implementation of solar energy applications for its significant role in saving electricity consumption of various consumers’ categories in the Kingdom.

The participants included a number of managers and specialists from the Electricity and Water Authority of Bahrain to discuss the technical details and exchange of experiences on the technical and administrative aspects of the net metering mechanism for electricity produced by solar PV systems.

Notably, the Kingdom of Bahrain is one of the founding countries of RCREEE since its establishment in 2008. H.E. Sheikh Nawaf bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa assumed the leadership of the RCREEE Board of Trustees in 2013.