Oman is looking at going green to meet part of its growing demand for electricity, with the options of solar and wind energy being seen as highly suitable to supply the needs for the country’s remote and rural regions. Rural Areas Electricity Company (RAECO) has started working on six renewable energy projects, including four solar and two wind power ventures as part of its five year (2013-2017) plan. The company has identified the sites for these projects in different governorates, including one in Musandam for solar energy, and three in Al Wusta and two in Dhofar (one in Al Mazyuona and the other in Almtafh near Thamrait).
Hamed bin Salim al Magdheri, CEO, RAECO, says the company is working on two other projects using windmills in Masirah and Thamrait. These power plants can produce 200 to 300 kw. According to the International Institute for Scientific Studies, says Al Magdheri, Oman