Saudi Arabia: 5GW of solar generation by 2012
Solar to play bigger part in generation as part of $100bn energy spend
With demand increasing from a continually growing population, top officials in Saudi Arabia are looking at renewable energy to generate the additional capacity required to meet it. Set to be producing five gigawatts of power by 2012, the utilisation of solar energy will come as part of a $100 billion spending drive by the government to end the Kingdom’s reliance on oil.
According to the deputy manager of the Riyadh Exhibition Company, Mohammad Al-Hussaini, the Kingdom’s demand for energy is expected to peak at 120 gigawatts by 2012, due to industrial expansion and a fast-growing population, which is expected to double by 2032. In an effort to meet these demands, solar power is tipped to be generating five gigawatts by 2012.
“Saudi Arabia is currently looking at various alternatives for energy resources that can help boost the country’s power generation, and meet rising electricity demand,” Al Hussaini says. “We are now seeing solar energy as a likely solution that can meet this jump in electricity demand.”