The Saudi government’s plans foresee 41 GW of solar power by 2032. Of that, concentrated solar power (CSP) plants would contribute 25 GW and photovoltaic (PV) facilities 16 GW.
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.
Of the 41 GW of solar, photovoltaics is expected to comprise 16 GW, while concentrated solar power (CSP) will encompass 25 GW.