How Saudi Arabia is Making Use of the Wealth of Renewable Energy Resources at its Disposal

How Saudi Arabia is Making Use of the Wealth of Renewable Energy Resources at its Disposal

Saudi Arabia has made significant investments in shifting its energy mix toward renewable sources in order to fulfill its commitment to reduce carbon emissions and advance sustainable development. By 2030, the country hopes to get at least 50% of its electricity from renewable sources.

The Mishkat Interactive Center for Atomic and Renewable Energy was established in 2017 by the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy in Riyadh with the aim of advancing public understanding of renewable energy technologies and Vision 2030 goals.

Reham Aldous, the center’s manager of content and program development, told Arab News that “the National Renewable Energy Program, with all its achieved and under-construction projects, really reflects how promising this strategic initiative is to fulfill Vision 2030.”

Saudi Arabia has a vast potential for wind energy, especially in its coastal and northwest areas. By 2030, the Kingdom wants to have 50 gigawatts of wind energy capacity produced.

Currently the largest wind farm in the Middle East, the 400 megawatt Dumat Al-Jandal project was opened in 2021 as Saudi Arabia’s first commercial wind farm. There are now several large-scale wind projects underway.

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