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Saudis Plan Major Solar Development in Bid to Cut Emissions

April 9, 2021, 5:30 AM

Saudi Arabia announced a major development plan for solar energy as it looks to slash emissions and cut how much oil it burns for power.

The oil-rich state has signed seven agreements to produce electricity from solar power in various parts of the country, Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said at a conference in Sakaka Thursday. These projects will add up to 3,670 megawatts of capacity.

So far, Saudi Arabia has been slow to move away from fossil fuels in favor of clean energy. By way of comparison, the U.K. had over 38 gigawatts of wind and solar installed...

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