Kuwait has embarked on its first utility-scale solar power project, which it aims to connect to the grid by December 2017. Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) has awarded Spain’s TSK a contract to build the 50MW Al-Shegaya solar plant at a cost of $52mn.

KISR director general Naji al-Mutairi says that the institute has prepared a study into developing renewable energy in Kuwait, which envisages solar and wind plants providing 15% of the emirate’s electricity by 2030. Kuwait currently generates about 65% of its electricity in oil-fired plants and 35% by burning gas. (CONTINUED - 272 WORDS)