Saudi Arabian solar task force established

The aim of the task force, set up by Saudi Arabian government authority representatives, leading solar companies and research institutions, is to act as an interactive communication platform and as a representation of Saudi solar interests.

Serving as the predecessor of a national solar association, its members will be nominated within the next few weeks.

More than 150 representatives of the Saudi Arabian industry, government and research institutions with an influence in the development of solar energy gathered together for the country’s first Solar Communication and Coordination Workshop. Among them were high-ranking government officials and officers of the Electricity and Cogeneration Regulatory Authority (ECRA), as well as executives of the leading companies and universities active in the Saudi Arabian solar sector.

Special attention was paid to the contribution of the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy. The newly founded authority is to play a key role in establishing the necessary legal framework for solar projects.

Commenting on the workshop, organizer Apricum’s managing partner, Nikolai Dobrott said: “Saudi Arabia, with its enormous solar irradiation and high financial resources, is in an ideal position to establish large-scale solar projects."

He continued: “The Kingdom can take advantage from selling its precious oil on the world market rather than using it for highly subsidized energy production for its national use. Already today, solar electricity is a competitive alternative. There are many initiatives in the country already in progress.

"What is missing is an exchange between the various actors and a central point of coordination/steering. We designed the workshop to specifically address these topics.”