In Saudi Arabia wants to build the largest solar farm in the world
Now it exists only on paper in the form of a memorandum of understanding. But if you build it, the recently announced solar photovoltaic project in Saudi Arabia will break all records. It will be larger than any existing solar project 100 times. Upon completion, scheduled for 2030, the farm will be able to produce 200 gigawatts of energy. The project supports the Softbank Group, and the new crown prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed Bin Salman.
Sunny Tengger desert park in China, also known as the "Great Wall of the sun", is the largest in the world functioning solar farm with capacity of 1, 5 GW. The farm currently being constructed more, including Westlands Solar Park, which would have been 2, 7 GW of power. But they pale against the backdrop of the emerging Saudi project; two solar parks in the early stages will have a capacity of 7 GW 2 and according to plan, they will produce energy in the next year.
The largest solar power plant in the world
Saudi project makes sense to compare with the bigger projects at the country level or even planets. Currently, Saudi Arabia produces 77 GWh of electricity. With the new project development is almost triple. The current total capacity of solar photovoltaic power generation in the world (!) Is 303 GWh. In other words, this new solar farm will be able to compete in the volumes generating electricity almost the whole world. Of course, the practical doubling global production of solar power is expensive; Now to the budget of the project laid the $ 200 billion (although, by the way, if you compare it with the 20 billion dollars on fusion energy polgigavatta, it's not so bad). But this project will also help to solve a number of problems for the Saudis.
First, the solar energy produced in the great desert. Brightness is high, a lot of free space, and peak demand due to the need for air conditioning in urban areas, and therefore corresponds to the peak load. Second, the oil reserves are exhaustible, and one day they will come to an end. Saudi Arabia, which is one of the largest oil exporters in the world, plans to diversify its economy and make it right.