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|13 January, 2019

Saudi to generate 60GW in renewable energy by 2030

Including 40 GW from solar energy and 20 from wind and other sources

Image used for illustrative purpose. Workers clean photovoltaic panels inside a solar power plant in Gujarat, India, in this July 2, 2015 file photo.

Image used for illustrative purpose. Workers clean photovoltaic panels inside a solar power plant in Gujarat, India, in this July 2, 2015 file photo.

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Saudi Arabia aims to produce 60 gigawatts of renewable energy, including 40 GW from solar energy and 20 from wind and other sources by 2030, a senior official has said.

Dr Khalid bin Saleh Al Sultan, president of the King Abdullah Atomic and Renewable Energy City, said in an interview with the Emirates News Agency Wam that there are plans to integrate the renewable energy network of the kingdom.

He was on the sidelines of his participation in the 9th General Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena), being held as part of the activities of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

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He also pointed out that Saudi Arabia is working, under the framework of the KSA Vision 2030 and the National Transformation 2020 Programme, on building a sustainable renewable energy sector, which includes relevant industries and services, the Saudisation of technologies, and training human resources, to find a balanced mix of fossil and alternative energy.

He further added that Saudi Arabia has launched many national programmes, as part of the National Transformation 2020 Programme, with the aim of promoting the overall role of alternative energy.

The meetings of Irena’s general assembly will conclude today with the participation of presidents of countries, government leaders, and over 120 ministers and government representatives from 160 countries.

The assembly discussed ways of accelerating the adoption of renewable energy to support the goals of sustainable development and climate.

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