Gallery: Saudi Arabia Plans to Go 100% Renewable in Coming Decades


The Guardian reports that a top spokesman for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has announced plans to transition the nation to 100 percent renewable energy in coming decades. Prince Turki Al Faisal Al Saud told the Global Economic Symposium in Brazil that the Kingdom is moving forward with large investments in renewables, nuclear power, and other alternatives to make the transition to low-carbon sources.

Prince Turki was a member of a panel discussion at the symposium on “Reassessing Renewable Energies,” moderated by The Guardian‘s environmental correspondent Fiona Harvey herself. She quotes the prince as saying: “Oil is more precious for us underground than as a fuel source. If we can get to the point where we can replace fossil fuels and use oil to produce other products that are useful, that would be very good for the world. I wish that may be in my lifetime, but I don’t think it will be.”

Harvey writes that Saudi Arabia is currently powered almost entirely by fossil fuels — about two-thirds of that is oil and the rest mostly natural gas. The potential for solar power in sunny Saudi Arabia is very good, though. In May 2012, a Saudi representative said that the nation plans to invest over $100 billion to develop 41 gigawatts of solar power by 2032. In April, the country opened a 388,000-square-foot solar thermal plant in Riyadh, reported to be the world’s largest such plant.

Prince Turki served previously as the director general of Saudi Arabia’s intelligence agency, as well as ambassdor to the United Kingdom and the United States. He is founder of the King Faisal Foundation and chairman of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies.

Via The Guardian


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  1. jerryd October 21, 2012 at 10:37 am

    They have tried to look ahead and why they kept oil prices low for many yrs so just such tech wouldn’t replace their main product, oil.

    But they like much of OPEC know their reserves are much lower than they claim + they don’t have the output to keep prices low anymore.

    Most RE are simple low cost machines, devices that already in mass production are lowing cost than oil or even coal.

    — Wind, PV, Solar CSP, biomass CHP, tidal, etc are all more simple than a moped or an A/C unit.

    —- In fact an A/C unit run in reverse as a heat engine with either biomass/CHP or solar/CSP collector or both can supply all needed power and heat a home or building plus EV’s needed at reasonable cost once in mass production at about $2k/kw.

    —–Wind is just a 2kw alternator, some 6′ blades and a few other simple parts is also under $2k/kw. A combo of most any 2 of wind, CSP, CHP, PV for under $6k can power an eff home of 1000sq’ and EV’s for 20-50 yrs and SA knows this and getting ready for the end of the oil, coal era. Remember the stone age didn’t end because of a lack of stones.

  2. dennisearlbaker October 20, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Perhaps the Prince might entertain this idea ?

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