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Saudi solar receives DESERTEC endorsement

DESERTEC Power aims to advance Kingdom's renewables

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The DESERTEC scheme aims to supply Europe with renewable energy from North Africa.
The DESERTEC scheme aims to supply Europe with renewable energy from North Africa.

DESERTEC Power, the organisation established to advance Saudi Arabia’s push into renewable energy, has been endorsed by Germany’s DESERTEC Foundation. DESERTEC Power is led by Dr Ahmed Al-Malik, and is focused on developing, planning and building renewable energy across the Kingdom.

The DESERTEC Foundation is a global group that developed the “DESERTEC Concept”, which aims to utilise a massive cross-continental renewable energy grid that draws in renewable energy sources from where they are most abundant.

DESERTEC Foundation director, Dr Thiemo Gropp, said of Saudi Arabia: “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has the potential to be a championing nation in power generation from renewable energy sources and to advance in global climate friendly development. The DESERTEC Foundation highly appreciates the opportunity to encourage the intended development through concrete projects.”

Dr Al-Malik added: “The DESERTEC Concept is visionary. The knowledge-driven DESERTEC Foundation, shareholders, and partners from inside and outside the Kingdom are welcome to join into this effort.”

Saudi Arabia, through its King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE), has set itself some impressive renewable energy targets – aiming for 41 GW of renewables generation by 2032, including 16GW of solar PV and 25GW of concentrated solar power.
 

 

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