The First Large Solar Power Plant in Saudi Arabia

Mecca, the holiest city in Islam, is planning to become the first city in Saudi Arabia that will have a big power plant that produces electricity from renewable sources of energy. Mecca’s Mayor Osama Al-Bar said that the city plans to choose a group of at least 20 bidders for the construction and facility management

Mecca, the holiest city in Islam, is planning to become the first city in Saudi Arabia that will have a big power plant that produces electricity from renewable sources of energy.

Mecca’s Mayor Osama Al-Bar said that the city plans to choose a group of at least 20 bidders for the construction and facility management which would annually produce 385 GWh of electricity which would include the 100 MW of solar power.

The goal is to become the first city in Saudi Arabia and throughout the Muslim world, which has its own power plant. It’s the latest example of how Saudi Arabia plans to diversify the production of electricity. Saudi Arabia as the country plans to spend 109 billion dollars for the production of solar power by 2032.

Mecca has approximately 2 million inhabitants, and is located some 70 kilometers south of the coast of the Red Sea. Saudi Arabia alone has twice as many hours of sunshine than any other part of Europe, and it is estimated that 4.5 to 7 kW of gets per square meter, while Greece receives around 1.7 kW as the sunniest countries in Europe.

Some of the plants that will provide electricity to Mecca could use fossil fuels and biomass and wind, but it will have to have a minimum solar. Electricity from the project will be used for lighting and 35 tunnels, and thereby reduce the amount of electricity that Mecca annually buys 26.6 million. In Saudi Arabia, annual electricity consumption is growing by 8%, and the very Mecca annually receives about 7-8 million pilgrims.

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