Five solar-power facilities will be set up in Saudi Arabia by the end of 2015, under a government initiative to give additional renewable power supply a major boost. The plants will be developed by the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE).
Saudi Arabia is making a major push make renewables, especially solar power, a bigger part of its energy mix. The oil-rich country is aiming to have 41 GW of solar power capacity installed by 2032 as well as a host of other renewable energy projects like wind, geothermal and waste-to-fuel plants.
The country is planning to install 16 GW of solar photovoltaic power and 25 GW of concentrated solar power. This breakdown makes sense with CSP being very well suited for hot desert environments.
The country hopes to cut down on its oil use and increase its presence in the solar power industry.