Saudi Arabia unveiled plans for the fourth round of its National Renewable Energy Program (NREP) on 25 September. The phase will add 3.3GW to the kingdom’s renewable energy capacity, and upon completion will bring total installed renewable capacity to more than 8GW. This latest acceleration in the renewables roll-out is key to Saudi Arabia achieving its target for renewables to produce 50% of electricity by 2030.

Renewable electricity capacity is currently very modest. The 300MW Sakaka solar PV plant is fully operational, but while the 400MW Dumat al-Jandal wind farm began operations in August 2021, the project isn’t due to be completed until later this year. (CONTINUED - 516 WORDS)