Saudi Arabia to Go Renewable

Prince sets goal for 100 percent green energy

On 140 acres of unused land on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., 70,000 solar panels are part of a solar photovoltaic array that will generate 15 megawatts of solar power for the base. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nadine Y. Barclay)     Photo: Wikipedia

Officials from Saudi Arabia last week announced plans to become 100 percent powered by renewable energy within the next several decades. Speaking at the Global Economic Symposium in Brazil, Prince Turki Al Faisal Al Saud of the Saudi Arabian royal family said that by converting the country to renewable energy, Saudi Arabia’s oil reserves could be used to produce other goods such as plastic and polymers. The Prince specifically cited the countries vast potential for solar power, as well as the use of Saudia Arabia’s depleted oil fields for carbon capture and storage. Almost all of Saudi Arabia’s energy currently comes from fossil fuels, with two-thirds from oil and the rest from natural gas. So far, environmentalists have greeted the announcement cautiously. "It speaks volumes that a Saudi prince can see the benefits of switching to clean energy sources,” said Greenpeace political director Joss Garman. “But Saudi Arabia will only truly be a green economy when it leaves its fossil fuels in the ground."

Via The Guardian

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