Solar Energy and its Future in Saudi Arabia
Besides being one of the leaders in oil production, Saudi Arabia is blessed with renewable energy sources like solar energy due to its location in the so called sun-belt. Average solar irradiation in the country exceeds 1.800 kWh/m2 up to 2.200 in some locations. In order to meet the country’s increasing energy demand a significant number of installations and research activity is going on. In order to provide assistance in future R&D work, it is necessary to know about the latest work done in this area. This paper discusses about the present and the future scope of development of solar energy in Saudi Arabia which could make the country as a potential solar leader. The paper focusses on solar energy projects from 2010 onwards.
Keywords-Renewable energy, solar power, photovoltaic, CSP, solar carport