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Saudi Arabia evaluates 1,200 sites for green energy projects

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Saudi energy minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said reserves at Jafurah reached 229 trillion cubic feet of gas and 75 billion barrels of condensates

Saudi Arabia is currently evaluating 1,200 sites to identify the most optimal ones for renewable energy initiatives, said energy minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman.

“We have 1,200 sites in various regions of the Kingdom to initiate solar and wind energy projects,” he said at the Digital Government Forum in Riyadh.

Earlier this month, the Saudi Green Initiative Forum said that the kingdom’s total installed renewable energy capacity has tripled since 2022.

An additional 2,100 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy has been connected to the grid, taking the total capacity to 2,800 MW. This can power over 520,000 homes, according to a statement issued by the forum held during the Cop28 climate conference in Dubai earlier this month.

The production capacity of renewable energy projects under construction exceeds 8,000 MW by the end of 2023, with an additional 13,000 MW of renewable energy capacity in various stages of development across multiple projects.

The kingdom aims to reach zero net emissions by 2060 through the circular carbon economy approach.

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