Saudi Arabia Takes Solar Plunge

Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia’s national oil company, has partneredwith one of Japan’s leading thin-film solar companies on a project todevelop small-scale electricity generation businesses using solar powerin the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia has recently announced its determination to diversifyits economic basis in which they cited solar energy as one of the coreareas of development for the future, and they have chosen Saudi Aramcoto pursue this vision. Saudi Aramco selected Showa Shell Sekiyu as itsprincipal partner in this project for its expertise in CIS technology.The agreement calls for pilot plants to be built and operated on theexisting local independent grid. Based on the initial results, theproject will proceed to a full-scale commercialization phase in SaudiArabia.

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