Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud attended on Wednesday, a ground breaking ceremony with crown prince Mohammed bin Salman for the official start of work , on the 300MW Saakaka PV IPP, a solar energy project in Saudi’s Al-Jouf, led by ACWA Power and is the first renewable energy project under the King Salman Renewable Energy Initiative.
Commercial operations at the plant are expected next year.
Once complete, the 300MW project will supply power to 45,000 households in Al-Jouf, at the same time offsetting over 430,000 tons of carbon dioxide a year.
ACWA said the project will also create new employment opportunities in fields including construction and operations.
Speaking on the occasion, Mohammad Abunayyan, ACWA Power chairman, said: “We are immensely proud to take part in the first clean energy project in Saudi Arabia that contributes to the sustainable transition of the Kingdom.”