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Saudi Arabia eyes 60GW of renewable energy by 2030

Solar power to contribute significantly to renewable energy mix

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia aims to produce 60 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy by 2030, a senior official has said. According to a report by WAM, 40GW is to come from solar facilities, while 20GW is to come from wind and other renewable sources.

At the ninth General Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena), being held as part of the activities of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, Dr Khalid bin Saleh Al Sultan told WAM that there are plans to integrate the renewable energy network of the Kingdom. Sultan is the president of the King Abdullah Atomic and Renewable Energy City.

Discussing the Kingdom’s renewable focus further, he noted that the country is working under the framework of KSA Vision 2030 and the National Transformation 2020 Programme. He added that the Kingdom is keen on building a sustainable renewable energy sector, which includes relevant industries and services, the Saudisation of technologies, and training human resources, to find a balanced mix of fossil and alternative energy.

Sultan also pointed out that the Kingdom launched several national programmes, as part of the National Transformation 2020 Programme, with the aim of promoting the overall role of alternative energy.

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