Sakaka … Saudi solar road


With confident and steady steps, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia leaps to the horizons through pivotal projects and central visions that put it in the place and position it deserves regionally and globally.
A few weeks after the launch of the “Green Saudi Arabia” road, that pioneering project for afforestation, and this creative initiative at home and abroad, talk comes about the Kingdom’s relationship with renewable energy, at the forefront of which is solar energy.
The announcement by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the sponsor of renewal and renaissance and the visionary of the Kingdom 2030, about the launch of the “Sakaka” solar energy station, a step in a long way to convert to that type of energy, which the whole world is looking forward to. Clean energy that does not run out, and it is compatible with the projects of “green Saudi Arabia”, and both serve the environment and limit climate change, which has become the great problem of creation in our modern day.
The Kingdom has signed 7 new projects to produce electricity from solar energy, in different regions of the country, in addition to Sakaka and Domat Jandal, which calls for a question mark; What is the meaning and the building of that?
According to the statements of the Crown Prince, the primary result is obtaining more than 3600 megawatts of electricity, in addition to the fact that these projects provide more than 600 thousand housing units, and they will also reduce more than 7 million tons of emissions that lead to global warming, not to mention that some These projects have achieved new records, represented by recording the lowest cost of purchasing electricity produced from solar energy in the world. The cost of purchasing electricity from the Sha`abiya project was 1.04 US cents per kilowatt-hour, and these projects will be followed by other renewable energy projects around the world, which will be announced in due course.
Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s 2030 vision, which the Kingdom is moving on its path, seems confident, better and changeable, and in 2018 he had already paved the way for the establishment of the largest solar energy project in the Kingdom, by signing a memorandum of understanding with the Vision Soft Fund, to produce 200 gigawatts in Saudi Arabia.
The great good that solar energy generates is in approaching some of the traditional figures for electricity production, with the cost of producing it from solar energy. With dollar accounts, a barrel of oil is sold to electricity companies in most Arab countries at a price less than 5 US dollars, at a time when its price has reached 20. Twice during the time of high oil prices, and ten times during the time of their decline.
One can also measure the prices of gas and diesel that are sold in the same way, and accordingly, in the event that 5 percent of the energy consumed in the Arab world is saved from oil and its derivatives for the coming days, the Kingdom will obtain reserves amounting to billions of dollars, which will inevitably change many aspects of life. It contributes to the orbits of the innovative economy, on which the Kingdom’s vision for the coming decades is based.
The idea of ​​reviving renewable solar energy as a source of electricity in the Kingdom in particular, and in the Gulf region in general, is linked to the difficult climate that the region and the world are experiencing, especially since there are environmental reports talking about high temperatures in the Arab Gulf region, which creates radical challenges in Confronting human life unless people and stone are saved through projects with advanced visions such as afforestation and stopping the use of energy sources that leave behind harmful greenhouse gases.
Indeed, the Kingdom appears to be the most capable, efficient and cheapest to be a homeland of energy, and in this context there are benefits that seem hidden to non-specialists in economics and markets, as such mega projects open wide doors for a partnership with the Saudi private sector, which has become a strategic role in developing energy projects. Renewable; As the Sakaka plant project was developed by ACWA Power, along with many Saudi companies, which means providing thousands of job opportunities for Saudi manpower. Perhaps what is no less important is gaining experiences from cohesion with experienced international companies, to be sacrificed. The benefit is triple, not just dual.
Prince Mohammed bin Salman looks to the future with a perceptive view of the variables of life, which no country in the world can overcome without interacting with it in a deep and beneficial way, and he has that projects such as Sakaka and Domat Al-Jandal and what will be established in the near future of solar energy stations, all represent Essential elements in the plans to reach an optimal energy mix for the production of electricity, which aim to have the share of both gas and renewable energy sources in this mix about 50 percent by 2030.
Saudi Arabia sends a message to the region that it is time to change satellite panels with solar panels.


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