The first phase of the Sakaka Solar Project, the first renewable energy project in Saudi Arabia, with a production capacity of 300 megawatts and an investment cost of 1.2 billion riyals, was launched in Al-Jouf region.

This was announced by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the company “Aqua Power” executing the project of Sakaka solar PV Mohammed bin Abdullah Abunayyan in an interview with the Saudi Press Agency “SPA” adding that the Sakaka project in the Jawf region is one of the tools to support the national economy, and the directions of the National Transformation Program 2020 in the diversification of sources Income is reduced by reliance on oil inputs and energy orientation and increasing the share of dependence on other renewable sources.

He pointed out that the project is a confirmation of strengthening the efforts to localize jobs in the energy sector in the Kingdom, has succeeded in the recruitment of 90% of its workers from the forearms and young talent from the people of Jawf in the first year of operation of the plant, to reach 100% after that In addition, the project has introduced a world-class solar PV tariff of 8,781 halalas / kilowatt-hour, to produce 300 megawatts that meet the energy needs of approximately 45,000 residential units and have the potential to reduce more than 500,000 tons of carbon emissions annually.

The project is expected to contribute to achieving the Saudi Vision for Renewable Energy plan and targets by producing 58.7 GW of renewable energy by 2030, which covers an area of ​​more than six square kilometers.