Saudi Arabia Focusing On CSP, Adding 41 GW Solar By 2032

Originally published on Planetsave.com

Significantly boosting electricity generation from renewable sources in the upcoming years, Saudi Arabia is expected to experience robust growth in its solar power market, with a special focus on Concentrated Solar Power technology.

According to a recently published report from TechSci Research, a “phenomenal” rate of growth is anticipated, especially between 2015–2020. With a plan for adding 54 GW of power generation capacity from renewable sources, 41 GW of solar power will contribute to the mix of renewables in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by 2032.

Focusing on CSP, Saudi Arabia to Add 41 GW Solar Power by 2032





Saudi Arabia’s Growing Energy Demand

Representing an investment of USD109 billion by 2032, King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (K.A.CARE) has introduced a renewable energy program to meet the kingdom’s growing energy demand.

According to the BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2014, the Saudi Arabian kingdom was the world’s largest producer of crude oil. A significant portion of this fossil fuel is consumed domestically for production of electricity, with transportation and power sectors being the largest consumers. With a steadily rising population growth rate, widespread urbanization, and progressive industrial development, Saudi Arabia is now increasing governmental focus on renewable energy sources to meet the rising demand.

Located on the equatorial Sun Belt, the Saudi Arabian Kingdom has high solar radiation, favorably combined with huge stretches of empty desert and typically clear skies — perfect conditions and an ideal location for solar power generation. According to the recently released report from TechSci Research, the solar power market in the kingdom is projected to witness phenomenal growth, especially over the next five years.

Focusing on Concentrated Solar Power

The new report, “Saudi Arabia Solar Power Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2020,” anticipates that solar energy will be generated in the kingdom by employing both photovoltaic (PV) technology and concentrated solar power (CSP) technology.

Mr. Karan Chechi, Research Director with TechSci Research, explained, “The country is more focused towards generating solar power from concentrated solar power technology.” Chechi added, “K.A.CARE renewable energy program would be a major driving factor for solar power industry in Saudi Arabia in coming years.”

A global market research and consulting company, TechSci Research has offices in Canada, UK, and India. TechSci Research provides market research consulting services in six verticals – Information Technology, Chemicals, Water & Water Recycling, Consumer Goods & Retail, Automotive and Energy & Power.

solar power in SaudiArabia screenshot from aawsat.net

Analyzing Future Growth Potential

Analyzing the future growth potential of Saudi Arabia’s solar power market, the new TechSci report provides statistics and information on market size, emerging trends, essential drivers, and key challenges faced by the nation’s solar industry.

“Saudi Arabia Solar Power Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2020” elaborates on the following particulars:

  • Global Solar Power Market Outlook.
  • Saudi Arabia Solar Power Market Size, Share & Forecast.
  • Saudi Arabia Solar Photovoltaic Market Outlook.
  • Saudi Arabia Concentrated Solar Power Market Outlook.
  • Saudi Arabia Policy & Regulatory Landscape.
  • Changing Market Trends & Emerging Opportunities.
  • Competitive Landscape & Strategic Recommendations.

Some of the Figures and Tables contributing to the report include:

      Figures:

  • Global Solar Power Installed, By Capacity, 2010 – 2020F (GW).
  • Global Photovoltaic Solar Power Installed, By Capacity, 2010 – 2020F (GW).
  • Global Concentrated Solar Power Installed, By Capacity, 2010 – 2020F (GW).
  • Fuel Types Used in Electricity Production, 2013.
  • Saudi Arabia Electricity Consumption, By Sector, 2013.
  • Saudi Arabia Power Generation, By Company, 2013.
  • Saudi Arabia Impact of Renewable Power on Fossil Fuel, 2013-2032.
  • Saudi Arabia Solar Power Market Size, By Value, 2015E–2020F (USD Million).
  • Saudi Arabia Photovoltaic (PV) Market Size, By Value, 2015E–2020F (USD Million).
  • Saudi Arabia Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Market Size, By Value, 2016–2020F (USD Million).
  • Saudi Arabia Horizontal Solar Radiation Map.
  • Saudi Arabia Renewable Energy Targets, 2014-2032 (MW).
  • Saudi Arabia Oil & Gas Production and Consumption Trend, 2000, 2010 & 2020E (Million Metric Tons).

      Tables:

  • Comparisons of Fuel Prices Paid by Electricity Producers in Saudi Arabia with International Prices, 2013.
  • Saudi Arabia Electricity Industry Outlook.
  • Saudi Arabia Power Generation, By Company, 2013.
  • Saudi Arabia Solar Power Projects Commissioned/Announced.
  • Comparison of PV and CSP Technology.
  • Solar Technology Cost Comparison in Saudi Arabia, 2012.
  • Power Reduction Rate for Different Types of PV Due to Temperature.
  • Saudi Arabia Desalination Water Production Cost, By Technology, By Energy Source, 2012.
  • Saudi Arabia Import of Photosensitive Semi-conductor Devices, Country-Wise, By Value, 2008 – 2012 (USD Thousand).
  • Saudi Arabia Target Power Capacities, 2032.
  • Saudi Arabia Solar Power Technology Specific Targets (MW).
  • KACARE Competitive Procurement Process (CPP) Key Features.
  • Competitive Matrix, 2014.

Click here for a copy of the new TechSci Research report, Saudi Arabia Solar Power Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2020.” 

solar irradiation in Saudi Arabia from Wikipedia commons

Picture Credits: (top) eia.gov. (middle) aawsat.net. (bottom) wikipedia commons

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Aisha Abdelhamid is a freelance lifestyle and environmental science writer currently living in Vancouver, BC. Her interests include environmental conservation, climate science, renewable energy, faith-based environmental activism, green building, creative lifestyles, and healthy living.