Unsteady progress of a potential MENA solar superpower
With a combination of scale, a growing population, outstanding irradiation, and available capital, solar PV should be a ‘no brainer’ for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. But early explorations of the technology have soured expectations, and progress has come in fits and starts.
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince and de facto ruler of the kingdom, Mohammed bin Salman. The ‘Vision 2030’ agenda launched in 2016 includes plans to have 9.5 GW of solar and wind power feeding electricity into the national grid by 2023.
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