United Arab Emirates Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The market is segmented by Deployment (Utility, Commercial and Industrial, and Residential).

Market Snapshot

United Arab Emirates Solar Photovoltaic (PV) - Market Summary
Study Period: 2019-2027
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: >11.5 %

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Market Overview

The UAE solar photovoltaic (PV) market is expected to record a CAGR of more than 11.5% in the forecast period, 2022-2027. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown, major solar developers in the country during 2020 waited for module delivery from solar module exporting countries such as mainland China, which got delayed that year. Factors such as encouraging government policies and pressure to meet the power demand using renewable to decrease dependency on fossils and decrease carbon footprints are significant contributors to the growth of the market. On the other hand, the rising adoption of alternate clean energy sources is expected to restrain the market growth.

  • The commercial and industrial segment is expected to witness significant growth during the forecast period.
  • With the adaption of the visionary UAE Energy Strategy 2050, the country is set to increase the clean energy share to 44% by 2050 by investing in nuclear and solar energy. This, in turn, is expected to create several opportunities for United Arab Emirates solar photovoltaic (PV) market in the future.
  • Declining prices and installation costs of solar PV are expected to drive the solar PV market in the country during the forecast period.

Scope of the Report

The UAE solar photovoltaic (PV) market report includes:

Commercial and Industrial

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Key Market Trends

Commercial and Industrial Segment is Expected to Witness Significant Growth

  • Commercial and industrial solar power refers to any ground-mounted or rooftop distributed solar generation system or systems designed and installed for commercial or industrial applications,​
  • The UAE government has set out various initiatives, such as the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, a strategy to produce 75% of its energy from renewable sources by 2050. Under this strategy, interim targets of 7% of solar power by 2020 and 25% by 2030 have also been set. Achieving these goals is also dependent on the commercial and industrial installments.​
  • Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) launched the Shams Dubai Solar program to facilitate the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy. Based on the net metering principle, Shams allowed customers to install solar panels to produce their power, reducing their electricity bill every month. Moreover, any surplus electricity not consumed immediately is sold back to the grid at the same price, and at the end of the month, only the net amount is billed to the consumer. This was a massive incentive for the commercial and industrial sectors, wherein they could do cost-saving while assisting the Clean Energy Strategy 2050.​
  • Recent developments in building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) have opened many opportunities for commercial and industrial solar energy producers. However, BIPV applications are still in the development phase with very few installations, distribution generation across commercial and industrial establishments is the key target segment for BIPV.​
  • Notable projects in the commercial & industrial sector include Nurai Island’s Floating Solar PV (FPV), an 80-kW project aimed to provide solar power energy to the nearby Zaya Nurai resort, which already has 1,000 kilowatts of rooftop and ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) systems.​
  • Government plays a vital role in developing the commercial and industrial solar power sector since the market is driven by the cost of subsidies, a regulatory framework for wheeling and net metering, and incentive policies such as Shams. The government of the UAE has been an active supporter of the use of solar power. However, for distributed solar power generation, not many policies are in place.​
  • The commercial and industrial have been fairly small shareholders in UAE’s solar energy mix. However, with rising awareness for clean energy along with supporting government policies and technological developments such as BIPV and FPV, the segment is expected to witness significant growth during the forecast period.​
United Arab Emirates Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Market - Market Share by Deployment

Declining Prices and Installation Cost of Solar PV to Drive the Market

  • The solar industry has dramatically cut costs over the past five years through the economies of scale. As the market was flooded with equipment, the prices plummeted. The cost of solar panels is dropping exponentially. ​
  • Solar photovoltaic (PV) modules are now more than 80% cheaper than they were in 2009. The cost of electricity from solar PV fell by more than three-fourths between 2015 and 2020, and it continues to decline due to various technological developments and mass production.​
  • The cost reductions are driven by continuous technological improvements, including higher solar PV module efficiencies. The industrialization of these highly modular technologies has yielded impressive benefits, ranging from the economies of scale and greater competition to improved manufacturing processes and competitive supply chains.​
  • Moreover, competitive costs and a strong regulatory framework have led to the adoption of solar power by many private companies in the country. For instance, in 2021, Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA), along with EDF and Jinko Power, is developing the latest Al Dhafra solar PV project, agreed upon a tariff of USD 1.35 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) – among the lowest solar PPA prices in the world. ​
  • Rapid declines in installed costs and high-capacity factors have also improved the economic competitiveness of solar PV. For new generation build, the LCOE of solar PV plants is below coal-fired plants and is projected to undercut a typical combined-cycle gas turbine in the next five years. ​
  • Also, the infrastructure requirements for a grid-connected solar rooftop plant are often very limited, as the solar panels are being installed on an existing roof, and the electricity is fed into the same cables that bring electricity to the equipment. The solar power plant is connected to the grid and does not require any batteries, which has, in turn, reduced the cost of overall installation of solar panels. Thus, the improved cost-effectiveness of batteries or modules is expected to further propel the use of the solar energy market in the residential sector in the coming future.​
  • Therefore, owing to the above points, declining prices and installation cost of solar PV is expected to drive the market during the forecast period.
United Arab Emirates Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Market - Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Cost

Competitive Landscape

The UAE solar photovoltaic (PV) market is partially fragmented. The major companies include Masdar (Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company)​, Sunergy Solar, MAYSUN SOLAR FZCO, ACWA Power, and CleanMax Mena FZCO.

Recent Developments

  • In January 2021, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) launched a tender for the construction of a floating PV pilot facility at an unspecified location. This follows the installation of the 80-kW pilot floating solar power plant off the coast of Nurai Island, Abu Dhabi, in February 2020, which was the first of its kind in the United Arab Emirates, and it is expected more floating solar power plants will be coming online in the United Arab Emirates in the future.​
  • In January 2022, ACWA Power got the green light to start work on the first 217-MW phase of the Noor Energy 1 solar project in Dubai after receiving a certificate of commercial operation.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Scope of the Study

    2. 1.2 Market Definition

    3. 1.3 Study Assumptions




    1. 4.1 Introduction

    2. 4.2 Installed Capacity and Forecast, in MW, till 2027

    3. 4.3 Recent Trends and Developments

    4. 4.4 Government Policies and Regulations

    5. 4.5 Market Dynamics

      1. 4.5.1 Drivers

      2. 4.5.2 Restraints

    6. 4.6 Supply Chain Analysis

    7. 4.7 PESTLE Analysis


    1. 5.1 Deployment

      1. 5.1.1 Utility

      2. 5.1.2 Commercial and Industrial

      3. 5.1.3 Residential


    1. 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Panel Manufacturers

        1. Canadian Solar Inc.

        2. JinkoSolar Holding Co. Ltd

        3. Trina Solar Co. Ltd

        4. First Solar Inc.

        5. Sunergy Solar

        6. Echo Solar Panels Manufacturing LLC

        7. Emirates Insolaire

      2. 6.3.2 EPC Companies/ Developers

        1. Masdar (Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company)

        2. City Solar

        3. CleanMax Mena FZCO


        5. ACWA Power

        6. Enerwhere

        7. Shanghai Electric

    4. *List Not Exhaustive

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The United Arab Emirates Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Market market is studied from 2019 - 2027.

The United Arab Emirates Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Market is growing at a CAGR of >11.5% over the next 5 years.

Masdar (Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company)​, Sunergy Solar, MAYSUN SOLAR FZCO, ACWA Power, CleanMax Mena FZCO are the major companies operating in United Arab Emirates Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Market.

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