Saudi Arabia invites tenders for 100MW solar PV projects

saudipv FranGambiacuten sxcEach project could attract investment of between US$100mn to US$120mn. (Image source: Fran Gambín/sxc.hu)Saudi Arabia’s state electricity utility Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) has issued a call for tenders for 100MW solar PV projects

The two solar farms, each amounting to 50MW of PV capacity, are to be located in northern regions of Al-Jouf and Rafha.

Despite announcing bold clean power ambitions last year, Saudi Arabia has since scaled back its plans to generate 9.5GW of renewable energy by 2030, and reduced a plan to meet 50 per cent of its energy with renewables by 2040 to just 10 per cent.

This shift, according to country’s energy minister Khalid Al-Falih, is predicated on an embrace of gas-fired generation and production and has dismayed clean energy advocates in the region.

According to Reuters, each project could attract investment of between US$100mn to US$120mn, thus triggering greater public-private partnerships of the sort required to boost solar development in the Kingdom.

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