Saudi Arabia takes rapid steps to build solar panels around the world

Al-Rifai assured Asharq Al-Awsat that work will be intensified to build generating stations in facilities and homes in the Kingdom

Majed Al-Refai, chief commercial officer at the Saudi Desert Technology Company, and an expert on solar energy, confirmed that Saudi Arabia is moving forward by offering several programs that support Saudi manufacturers to its ambitious achieve goals in facilitating the export of solar panels to reach all countries of the world. .
In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, Eng. Al-Rifai indicated that Saudi Arabia sets its priorities for environmentally friendly energy generation, and motivates all companies and institutions operating in the sector to achieve these key objectives in conjunction with the expansion and development of business during the next phase.
The CEO of the commercial sector at Desert Technology revealed the importance of exporting solar panels, including increasing jobs, creating more jobs and contributing to the domestic product, in addition to the fact that the export of national products is one of the main axes are. of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
Majed Al-Rifai touched on the plans of “Desert Technologies” compatible with the Saudi Ministry of Energy to meet the needs of the Kingdom’s market, including the construction of solar power plants with capacity greater than 2 megawatts for citizens and senior consumers within their facilities and homes, and the export of the surplus to the public electricity network during the current year in accordance with the specifications approved by the Competent Authorities.

Line panels
Al-Rifai says the Kingdom has made progress in exporting solar panels through various programs supported by Saudi manufacturers, such as the Export and Import Bank, the Saudi Development Fund, the National Company Leadership Program and other programs whose main objectives are to facilitate and supports the Saudi exporter.
“We, as a specialized company, have had the privilege of working with the National Company Leadership Program and the Import-Export Bank to sign agreements to export solar panels to Europe, Africa and America,” he added.

positive returns
The positive returns from exporting solar panels are many, according to Al-Rifai, as they improve jobs and create more jobs for Saudi youth, and contribute to the domestic product by focusing on exports, which is one of the key axes. of the “Kingdom’s Vision 2030”, in addition to placing the country in the ranks of global energy exporters.To align with one of the pillars of the vision.
However, the most prominent benefits, says Al-Rifai, are the contribution to the “Green Saudi Initiative”, as it is one of the main participants in the initiative through the program for the production of clean energy through the production of solar panels, the initiative to contribute with the government sector to the development of the clean energy system, and the content maximization initiative Domestic manufacturer of solar panels.

photovoltaic cells
Al-Rifai has indicated that Saudi Arabia continues to develop solar projects through the King Salman Renewable Energy Program, with an integrated plan that by the end of 2030 is eager to bring a mix of renewable energy and conventional energy to 60 gigabytes. having renewable energy production Desert Technologies for Industry (the first Saudi factory to produce solar panels) will be one of the main contributors to renewable energy projects, as the company has developed a production line to manufacture solar panels with an accumulated capacity that will contribute to make the Desert Technologies factory one of the most important national factories producing energy panels, solar power in the region.

Ministry of Energy
Al-Rifai said: “Our plan is in line with the Ministry of Energy to meet the UK’s market needs for solar energy products, as the Saudi market in this area is one of the largest Arab markets in need of products of this type, which contributes to the intensity of competition due to the increased demand. ” He added, “The residential sector in the Kingdom accounts for more than 50 per cent of the market size, and is represented in all residential areas that can be built on, in addition to the needs of new cities such as Neom, Qiddiya and the Red Sea.”
We are working to contribute to the realization of plans aimed at expanding the use of solar energy at commercial and residential levels, in line with the objectives of (Vision 2030), the National Renewable Energy Program, and the plan of the Ministry of Energy, which enables citizens and senior consumers to build solar power plants with capacity greater than 2 megawatts within their facilities and their homes and export the surplus to the public electricity network during the current year in accordance with the approved specifications. ”

Construction sector
The head of the commercial sector of Sahara Technology adds, “It is important to note that the construction sector in the Kingdom consumes about 80 per cent of the total electrical energy produced, in addition to 70 per cent of the buildings not being thermally insulated is not, which contributes to the high volume of energy consumption Electric energy, and therefore the expansion of the use of solar energy is a practical way to reduce electricity bills, help reduce carbon emissions and increase the market value of real estate, which is a great value is for our environment – no waste – no noise – pollution-free, and it is a good investment for the future. ” .

Made in Saudi Arabia
Al-Rifai pointed out that the “Made in Saudi Arabia” program is a milestone for all Saudi manufacturers, as it reflects the ability of the Saudi product to compete with high quality, and the “Made in Saudi Arabia “program builds a cooperative association linking various companies, where adequate support is provided to the public and private sectors.It helps to make the Kingdom’s goods and services a preferred and prominent option at local and global level.

Project Finance
Regarding the financing of energy projects in Saudi Arabia, Al-Rifai has indicated that the Kingdom is eager to put in place a set of programs that help encourage government agencies and private banks to provide a package of initiatives to help solar energy projects in To fund Saudi Arabia, the most important of which is the “Renewable” program launched by the Industrial Development Fund; It aims to achieve national ambitions in the production of renewable energy, and to enable the production of renewable energy components to meet local demand.
The “Renewable” program contributes to the development of local developers in the field of renewable energy production, the increase of the quality of specialized products in solar and wind energy, and aligns them with local and global demand through three financing channels: financing of manufacturers of renewable energy components, independent renewable energy production projects, as well as financing projects Production of renewable energy for the industrial, commercial and agricultural sectors.

future plans
Al-Rifai adds, Desert Technologies is committed to maintaining a strong focus of its own business in its historic markets (Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt) and is working to expand its presence throughout the GCC region and beyond. to knit.
Building on its proven track record, and Al-Rifai’s recent record, the company aims to install more than 1.9 GW of solar power projects worldwide by 2027, across the spectrum of facilities and infrastructure for electric vehicles charging, combined and micro- network.
The company recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, according to Al-Rifai, which aims to rely on solar energy to operate 5G network towers across the Kingdom, using the “Saharan” solar containers “manufactured by the company. , to provide solar energy communications towers to achieve net zero carbon emissions and achieve carbon neutrality in its operations, especially with the ministry’s expansion of 5G services.

external output
On foreign projects, Al-Rifai added that the company has expanded its participation in the framework of supporting the “Made in Saudi Arabia” program and increasing the volume of Saudi non-oil exports; Its activity has reached Greece, where it is currently supplying solar panels for renewable energy projects on the Greek island of Trevella with a capacity of 11 megawatts, which is the company’s first investment there.
He added, “The company has signed a commercial agreement with the US company (Esintra) to export solar panels to its projects in the United States, a move that puts desert technologies in a leading position in the US market. and improve its position in the field of solar panel production and export internationally, and let the product to Saudi Arabia is looking for solar panels to enter the US market, which is an active market in the field of solar energy.

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