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Tuesday, May 15,2012

Saudi Arabia Plans to Launch the Most Ambitious Solar Energy Program on Earth

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Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil producer and one of the top five biggest polluters on a per capita basis, has announced plans to launch a massive solar energy program capable of generating 41,000 megawatts of power within the next two decades, according to Bloomberg.

Ali Al Naimi, Saudi Arabia’s oil minister, claimed that “Saudi Arabia aspires to export as much solar energy in the future as it exports oil now,” back in 2010, according to The National. What many heard as an empty promise, or at best, an unrealistic one, now appears to be on the verge of becoming a reality.

Guiding the effort is the King Adbdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy, known as KA-CARE. Although KA-CARE’s board hasn’t officially approved the proposal, it is expected to go through with no hang-ups. If the proposal sticks to its timetable of completion by 2032, the country will be capable of producing about one-quarter of its total electricity by means of solar energy.

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