Since the mid-seventies Saudi Arabia has been at the forefront of research and development into solar energy. For example, two major international joint research and development (R&D) programs were funded, in cooperation with the United States of America and the Federal Republic of Germany, aimed at developing renewable energy technology and demonstrating its applications by designing and installing several pilot projects. After more than 20 years of research and development it now becomes essential to evaluate these R&D activities in order to determine their benefits to the scientific community, the country, and society in general. This paper therefore presents an evaluation of a number of research projects in terms of their technical and economical performance and feasibility.
20 years of experience, and yet, we are still dreaming of living in a sun city. In a study, proposed by Alsharqia chamber.consumption of electricity is increasing at an annual rate 5% , and it’s expected to increase. So, by using Solar Energy, we will be saving huge cost incurred by the kingdom due to the electricity produced by oil. And, reducing carbon emissions.Some studies suggest that solar energy owned by the Kingdom is larger than oil energy. And the most important thing is that the Kingdom Can restore the capital invested in solar energy within three or five years.
20 years of experience, and yet, three projects inside the kingdom are on operation. THREE IS JUST NOT ENOUGH.
ps: This picture is for one of the projects. btw: after I saw it , I become extremely enthusiastic for living in such village.