“I see the 2030 Vision as a major statement for change in the region and the renewables industry,” DNV GL Energy MENA area manager Mohammed Atif tells Recharge.

He believes that solar could end up accounting for more than 70% of the government’s new target, which has been revised from an initial goal of 41GW by 2032 under the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KA-Care). 

Roughly 10-20% of the 9.5GW total will probably be wind, with geothermal likely to account for the remainder he says, adding that the King Salman Renewable Energy Initiative — a broad policy package now in the final stages of preparation — could finally trigger the rapid deployment of PV in the kingdom.