Dhahran is home to Saudi Arabia’s largest operational solar panel farm. One might wonder why a country with such an abundant oil and gas supply would be interested in a renewable resource. The answer is Saudi Arabia wants to be a major player in what they see as the hottest energy market of the future…renewable energy. The kingdom’s climate is ideal for both solar and wind and they are committed to make renewable energy a significant source of domestic electricity (currently it is zero percent) and develop the efficiencies and technologies along the way to make them a substantial exporter. They have expressed this interest before with little results. However, they will soon be letting contracts for four solar plants which would certify their investment in the plan and likely attract outside funding as well.

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