Saudi Arabia received four bids for the first wind-power project tendered under a government program to attract international companies, without disclosing information about the offers. Wind & solar are top sources of renewable energy in the Kingdom.
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Wind and Solar Lead Saudi Renewable Energy Strategy
Wind power in Saudi Arabia has been an integral part of the Vision 2030 goal to increase renewable energy in the Kingdom to 9.5 gigawatts by 2030. In May 2017, construction was completed of the first wind energy turbine in Saudi Arabia in Turaif, in northeastern Saudi Arabia near the border with Jordan.
Solar energy is also making progress in Saudi Arabia. As part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to the United States, the Saudi Public Investment Fund and SoftBank signed an agreement to launch a partnership to build the world’s largest solar power plant. The $200 billion project is so large that it will also support the development of an entire solar equipment manufacturing industry in Saudi Arabia, and create as many as 100,000 jobs.