Saudi Arabia is developing Makkah's 2.6GW solar project

The government of Saudi Arabia has plans to develop a 2.6GW solar park in its Makkah region, dubbed Al Faisaliah Solar Project.

His Royal Highness Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, prince of the Makkah area and advisor for the guardian of the two sacred mosques, and Khalid bin His Excellency, Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). CleanTechnica reported that the MoU for was signed during the Makkah Economic Forum, which took place between March 23-26. 

The Renewable Energy Projects Development Office (REPDO) will award the project 600MW, with the remaining 2GW being developed by the Public Investment Fund and its partners. The project will be a joint venture between the Energy Ministry and the Development Authority of the Makkah Region. "MoU is in line with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's 2030 vision and with the Ministry of Energy's efforts to diversify the energy mix to achieve a sustainable mix that benefits from renewable energy sources, as well as optimizing the use of hydrocarbon and mineral resources to achieve sustainable national economy development," the Ministry of Energy said in a press release. 

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