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Saudi Goes Solar While US Goes Dark
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|Even the world's largest producer of oil understands the value of developing renewable energy.
A few months after Saudi Arabia's oil minister called global warming "among humanity's most pressing concerns," the country is rolling out an ambitious plan to source 41,000 megawatts of solar projects over the next two decades -- scaling up a domestic solar industry to support one third of electricity production by 2032.
Solar electricity and petroleum serve completely different markets. However, in this case, solar will be directly replacing the oil that Saudi Arabia uses for desalination plants. Officials are currently rolling out a competitive bidding process for 1,100 megawatts of solar photovoltaics and 900 megawatts of concentrating solar power in the first quarter of 2013.
The plan is part of a larger strategy to scale up various sources of renewable energy...