Saudi Arabia—No 2050 100% commitment
Benchmark: 9.5 GW of renewable energy supply by 2030
Saudi Arabia’s goals for using renewable energy to support its economy are listed in its INDC. They include scenario one: economic diversification with strong contribution from oil export revenues. In this scenario, the revenues from exporting oil will be invested in sectors such as renewable energy sources to strengthen economic growth. One of the actions and plans to achieve the goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is the pursuit of renewable energy projects.
There are currently 30 planned projects and programs that will produce 9.5GW of renewable energy. The Round 1 of the National Renewable Energy Program includes a 300 MW Sakaka solar PV project and a Dumat Al Jandal 400 MW wind plant project being launched by Ministry of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources (MEIM). These efforts are part of 60 greenfield projects tendered over the next seven years towards the target of 9.5 GW of renewables by 2030 in line with Vision 2030.
The Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO) has shortlisted 27 companies as qualified bidders for the 300 MW Sakaka solar plant project. It has also invited companies to submit Request for Qualification (RFQ) to implement a 400 MW wind power plant. The Project will involve the development of a greenfield wind power plant near the cities of Dumat Al Jandal and Sakaka, in the northern region of Saudi Arabia.
The Intended Nationally Determined Contribution of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under the UNFCCC. Accessed from http://www4.unfccc.int/submissions/INDC/Published%20Documents/Saudi%20Arabia/1/KSA-INDCs%20English.pdf
Saudi Energy Minister Announces ‘new phase’ in Kingdom’s power generation as first round bids for Renewable Energy Projects opened. The Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO), Press release, April 17, 2017. Accessed from https://www.powersaudiarabia.com.sa/web/attach/news/Press-Release-SAREIF-17%20April-EN.pdf
International Companies Visit Sakaka Site and Prepare Bids for Saudi Arabia’s First Utility Scale Solar PV Plant. The Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO), Press release, May 18, 2017. Accessed from https://www.powersaudiarabia.com.sa/web/attach/news/Press-Release-NREP-Bidder-Conference-MAY-2017.pdf
Saudi Arabia Issues Request for Qualifications for 400 MW Wind Power Project in Dumat Al Jandal The Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO), Press release, July 16, 2017. Accessed from