Saudi Arabia to tender solar and wind power projects

Saudi Arabia will tender 3.25 GW of grid-connected solar PV and 800 MW of wind power capacity. The move is in line with the National Renewable Energy Program, a strategic initiative under the country’s Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program, aimed at increasing the renewable energy share to 9.5 GW by 2023. Saudi Arabia’s Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO) will be tendering the capacity, which will be divided into eight projects. According to REPDO, the first round of bidding will take place in the first quarter of 2018 for 250 MW of solar projects. A second round will be held later in the year for 3 GW of solar and 800 MW of wind projects.