Saudi Arabia to Hold 700 MW Wind and Solar Tender

Wind map of Middle East - used for illustration purposes
Naomi Stringfield
Feb 11, 2017
Renewable Energy

Saudi Arabia's energy minister Khalid Al-Falih recently announced the country's first renewable energy tender. While the country is primarily known for its vast oil resources, its government is now awarding power contracts for projects totaling 700 MW, 400 MW of wind capacity and 300 MW of solar capacity. These contracts will be determined through a competitive bidding process and, as reported in Bloomberg, requests to qualify for bidding will be issued on February 20 and bids will be due on April 17. 

The government is targeting the Tabuk region in the northwestern corner of the country for wind project bids and solar plant proposals are to be built in the nearby al-Jawf region.

Wind and solar maps of Saudi Arabia

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