Do Solar Energy Solutions and Effective Policy Making Go Hand In Hand?

Solar energy solutions are the only way the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia can power its economy in the near future. No one denies this fact as the Kingdom itself has started raising awareness for it. However, the social implications for spreading this narrative has just started.

Vision 2030 and its byproduct Mutjadeda show the Saudi government’s proactive stance on this issue. Vision 2030 implies about 10% of the Saudi electrical demand to be provided by renewables, especially solar.

Mutjadeda is a loan service program, right now catering towards solar photovoltaics manufacturing, installation and operations. They cater to industries, corporations, and commercial sectors by granting loans with a 20 year repayment period in order to incentivize mass adoption.

All these services are catered specifically towards enterprises without glancing as much towards the residential sector. Small scale residential solar photovoltaic systems are not implemented as much. They are popular among the residents and the general rhetoric among the masses is positive around solar panels.

Social acceptability and Social acceptance can mean two different things. The former means the attitude regarding the subject and the latter is supportive behaviour regarding the subject. Both of them are rank high in Saudi society but there is a lack of willingness regarding the subject.

The willingness could be nurtured by the government by effective policymaking targeting the residential sector of the economy. The number of applications towards installing residential solar panels can only be effectively accomplished via government’s intervention.

A study done in a recent article denote a comprehensive understanding of the benefits of solar panels. However, the study links these relative benefits to long term non-financial benefits such as climate change reversal. Immediate problems like direct cost of installation are the single most deterring factor in the mass adoption of residential solar panels.

Conclusion

There is a dire need to regulate the residential sector better. Incentive programs and low- interest programs can accelerate the transition to residential solar programs such as community solar where the whole society benefits from one common goal.

Ethraa is a solar energy solutions provider which targets both the residential and commercial sector. Policies and Regulations can affect the business in positive and negative ways. There has been significant investment from the state regarding renewable technologies implementation in society.

We need to give tax rebates on manufacturing and installation components to drive business growth for all such entities like Ethraa. Collectively, we can take KSA to a clean and green future filled with endless possibilities.

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