Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) has begun feasibility studies on renewable energy generation in the kingdom, it has been reported. The national utilities company is working to identify possible sites for producing solar power, according to Saudi Gazette.
It said the company had approved plans to build stations for solar and wind power with a total capacity of 300 megawatts, which would provide the equivalent of 25.5 million barrels of fuel over an estimated 25 years.
The plans are in line with the kingdom’s Vision 2030 economic diversification strategy, SEC said.
The company’s CEO, Ziad Al Shiha, was quoted as saying: “This trend began when the company entered the field of renewable energy by implementing the 500 kilowatt Farasan Project [built in 2011 and intended to be a pilot renewable project in Saudi Arabia], which works quite efficiently.”
Since the announcement of Vision 2030, the company has reportedly worked with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources to develop plans for two solar energy projects with a capacity of 9.5 gigawatts in the towns of Al Jouf and Rafha, and a wind energy project in Harimale, intended to produce 2,750 kilowatts of wind power and pave the way for further similar projects on Saudi Arabia’s west coast.