Saudi Arabia leading the solar charge? It sounds unlikely, but Saudi Aramco and Showa Shell Sekiyu KK, in partnership with the Saudi Electricity Company, have just completed construction of a 500 kilowatt working solar power plant in the Kingdom desert. Rather than burn 28,000 barrels of diesel per year at the Farasan Island facility to produce electricity, the Saudis have decided to let the sun do all the work. This project is one of many solar projects that the Saudi government has recently approved and constructed.

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