The annual Solar Outlook Report 2020 reported that Saudi Arabia is catching up with the Middle East’s leading countries in solar development, including Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, and the UAE. We’re happy to witness that Saudi Arabia is pulling out the stops to join the renewable energy expedition to be taking over MENA countries. Here’s a comprehensive timeline of KSA's progress and future goals:
- In 2018, the Kingdom’s National Renewable Energy Program aimed for 27.3 giga watts of solar power in 5 years.
- The Kingdom’s first and biggest solar photovoltaic plant, called Sakaka, has a capacity of 300 megawatts, and was launched online in November 2019 and it cost 1.2 billion SAR to complete it. The plant provides power to 45,000 houses in the Saudi region of Al Jouf whilst invalidating 430,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually.
- At the beginning of January 2020, Saudi Arabia looked into building more solar power plants, which include four new solar projects that can generate 1.2 gigawatts of renewable energy.
- The Kingdom aims to reach a 58.7 giga watts target in 2029 and 60 giga watts towards the end of the decade, in line with the Crown Prince’s Vision 2030.
Did you know that Saudi Arabia has become one of the MENA region’s leaders in the race to use renewable energy, according to the Solar Outlook Report 2020? Saudi Arabia has a target of almost 60 GW of renewable energy out of which 40 GW are #SOLAR.— Pro-Green Diploma (@ProGreenDiploma) January 20, 2020
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