SEC (Saudi Arabia) plans to connect 4.2 GW of renewable capacity by 2021

10 Sep 2020

Saudi Arabia's state-owned power utility Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) intends to invest SAR797m (over US$210m) to integrate 4.2 GW of renewable capacity to the grid by 2021. The power projects to be connected to the grid by 2021 include the 400 MW Doumat Al-Jandal wind project, the 2,000 MW Sudair solar power project along with the 300 MW Rabigh, 600 MW Al Faisaliah, 200 MW Al-Qurayyat, 300 MW South Jeddah, 50 MW Madina and 20 MW Rafah solar power projects.

The grid-connected renewable capacity is expected to reach 27.6 GW in 2025, thanks to a SAR8.2bn (US$2.2bn) investment over 2022-2025. Saudi Arabia targets 60 GW of renewables capacity by 2030, of which 40 GW from solar. As of September 2020, renewables account for less than 1% of Saudi Arabia’s installed capacity with less than 400 MW. Only 500 MW are under construction, but 6 GW are under development.

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