A new study will reveal the obstacles to the wider application of renewable energy, in particular solar energy, in the United Arab Emirates.

The study has been carried out by the Emirates Solar Industry Association (ESIA), together with the management consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers. The results will be presented for the first time during the Solar Industry Summit – Middle East 2012 conference, taking place on the 14th of November, 2012, in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

The falling costs of solar energy, coupled with rising regional gas prices have helped make photovoltaic systems economic in most countries of the Middle East. This study sheds light on the barriers to widespread implementation of photovoltaic and other forms of power. The investigation included 20 questions about the solar industry in the United Arab Emirates.

Expert advisers, members of the solar industry and local players in the solar market were questioned on topics including the technology, financing and political conditions. The study was supported by the Office of the Prime Minister. Abdullah Bin Tooq, head of the Infrastructure and Environmental Department, Strategy and Policy Sector in the prime minister’s office of the United Arab Emirates and Hannes Reinisch, Senior Manager Energy, Utilities and Mining at PricewaterhouseCoopers will present the study at the Solar Industry Summit.

Other topics at the event, organised by the knowledge provider Solarpraxis, are the market conditions and opportunities for solar energy in the states of the Middle East, national and regional solar programmes, business models and financing possibilities, project design and implementation, technologies (including CPV and other technologies suitable for the region’s climate), production and costs, plant design and quality control.

Around 150 international participants, working in the areas of project development, component manufacture and plant construction, politics, finance, investment and business consultancy, are expected at the conference. The conference language will be English.