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Saudi Aramco and US giant General Electric plan to install Saudi Arabia’s first wind turbine at Aramco’s Turaif products storage and distribution plant in the northwest of the kingdom. The single 2.75MW turbine will be operational in 2016.
Saudi Arabia has major renewables plans. Riyadh’s Saudi Vision 2030 program, devised by Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman to transform the Saudi economy, has set a target of achieving 9.5GW of renewables capacity by 2030. The prince has also set a medium-term renewables target of 3.45GW by 2020.
But the meagre projects so far provide scant evidence that Saudi is getting serious about hitting these goals. Solar progress is not much more impressive than wind: the country has only 25MW of solar capacity, though last week electricity utility SEC kicked off a further 50MW of projects (MEES, 10 June).
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