Recently DNV-GL came out with a report showing how distributed energy storage should be part of the solution for implementing the 2020 renewable energy goals in the Middle East. To quote from the report:
Distributed storage has several key advantages, as well as for the grid as behind the meter. By using this kind of storage, utilities in the Middle East have three additional sources of revenue. The first and most obvious is on capacity: energy storage will reduce demand charges, monetising its capacity value.
Far more important though, is its size, low up-front investment and scalability. Storage units can easily be placed in those areas of the grid that require the most attention but where traditional solutions are either too expensive or impossible to install.
Last but not least, modularity of distributed energy storage provides an excellent opportunity for governments and utilities in the Middle East alike to grow in par with the rollout of large-scale solar rooftop programs without placing too much pressure on already constrained budgets. This considered growth facilitates the time to develop or facilitate business models in an emerging new landscape in which utilities are about to deliver services for distributed energy storage while customers provide intermittent solar electricity to the grid.