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Saudi launches solar energy program

Saudi Arabia said it has begun building the first solar-powered water desalination plant, the first step in a three-part program to introduce solar energy into the Kingdom.

The program, launched by the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), aims to help stabilize future power and water supplies inside Saudi Arabia through the creation of solar-powered desalination facilities.

Prince Dr Turki bin Saud bin Mohammad, KACST vice president for Research Institutes, said, ‘The solar energy program will reduce the cost of producing desalinated water and of generating power for use in the Kingdom, an oil-dependent nation, which has launched a national energy efficiency program.’

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