January 15 (Renewables Now) - Saudi Arabia plans to deploy 40 GW of solar power capacity and 20 GW of wind and other sources by 2030, the Emirates News Agency (WAM) reports.
The ambitious plan mirrors the Kingdom’s efforts to integrate more alternative energy sources under the framework of the KSA Vision 2030 and the National Transformation 2020 Programme. This was announced over the weekend by Khalid bin Saleh Al Sultan, president of the King Abdullah Atomic and Renewable Energy City, the organisation tasked with developing the atomic and renewable energy programme of Saudi Arabia.
On the sidelines of a general assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the official told WAM that the country is working to build a sustainable renewable energy sector and improve its energy security. This will include finding a balanced mix of fossil and alternative energy, he added.
Saudi Arabia has had plans in 2014 to add 27 GW of renewable energy capacity, of which 20 GW were intended to be solar, according to Al Sultan.