Monday, September 24, 2012

Saudi Arabia emerges as top solar producer

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has emerged as one of the world’s most productive solar regions with some of the highest summer temperatures ever recorded on earth, said Jean-Claude Estival, renewable energy business manager of Schneider Electrical projects in France during his visit to Riyadh last week.

Photo: Jalal HB
Estival delivered a speech on “Why Saudi Arabia’s huge solar potential may not be enough” at the Solar Arabia Summit held in Riyadh last week. “Solar Energy is one of the most promising contributor to solve energy peak demand, expected to be 120 GW by 2030,” Estival said.
He pointed out that the Kingdom is about half the size of the European Union. The country has twice the average of solar irradiation compared to Europe. Solar energy projects are among the most promising contributors to solve the energy demand that is anticipated after 17 years. Schneider Electric sees a bigger challenge than just generating solar energy. “The Kingdom should highlight a slogan such as: Make the most of your energy,” he stressed.


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