RIYADH: ARAB NEWS
Published — Wednesday 16 January 2013
Last update 16 January 2013 3:59 am
Saudi Arabia has joined the Abu Dhabi-based International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), coinciding with the convening of the IRENA 3rd Assembly in Abu Dhabi on Jan. 13-14.
The Saudi side at the third assembly was led by the deputy president of King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (K.A.CARE), Khalid Al-Sulaiman, according to the Saudi Press Agency.
Commenting on the Saudi membership to IRENA, Al-Sulaiman said it came as the Kingdom planned to introduce renewable energy sources within its local sustainable energy system at broad levels.
This will allow the Kingdom to build a viable economic sector that depends on the maximization of economic and social benefits arising from using renewable energy sources, he said.
He said the Kingdom retained geographical, weather, and economic potentials to develop a local and sustainable atomic and renewable energy. K.A.CARE has announced plans to produce 50 percent of its current energy needs used in power generation and water desalination from sustainable energy sources by the year 2032, he said.
K.A.CARE has also assured that the Kingdom enjoys abundant economic and natural sources, which allow it to localize 80 percent of industrial and service components of renewable sources in the Kingdom, he said.
The International Renewable Energy Agency is a nongovernmental organization established in 2009 with the intent of developing renewable energy sources of different types. Its membership includes 148 countries.