Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), part of Saudi-based Abdul Latif Jameel Energy, has been awarded a 540 GWh hybrid solar-wind project in Chile.
Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel, chairman and CEO of Abdul Latif Jameel, said: “Powering nearly a quarter of a million homes with clean energy for 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, shows why renewable energy is becoming more and more attractive.
“Saudi Arabia has already identified wind power an important future energy source, such with the Domat al-Jandal project in al-Jouf Province, and made it a central a pillar of the National Renewable Energy Program.
The project is located between the Central and Northern part of Chile, and will generate enough energy to power around 223,973 households and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 221,400 tons of CO2 per year once operational.
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Wind Energy from Chile to Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia is already working to develop wind energy along the Red Sea. Additionally, in May 2017, Saudi Arabia completed construction on the Kingdom’s first ever wind turbine in Turaif, in northeastern Saudi Arabia near the border with Jordan. To construct the wind turbine, 410 tons of materials, equipment and components were transported 750 miles from the industrial port of Jubail to Turaif. Gulf Haulage Heavy Lift Co. transported rotor blades for the wind turbine on 36 Scheurle SPMT axle lines. These specially-designed trucks moved the 58 meter long rotor blades – three of many that will follow in due course. After the tower segments were assembled, the 83-ton nacelle was installed at its operating height of 84 meters. Together with the installation of the blades, the erection of the entire wind turbine took just two days.
Saudi Arabia possesses an impressive natural potential for solar, geothermal and wind power. Development of renewable energy sources will become more urgent in the coming years, as local energy consumption is expected to increase threefold by 2030. The Kingdom has set an initial target of generating 9.5 gigawatts of renewable energy.