Robert Kennedy reports for Al Jazeera:
Synonymous with crude oil and the vast wealth it has bestowed, Saudi Arabia is now planning to tap its copious exposure to the sun to become the world’s titan of solar power.
The Saudi government is placing its bets squarely on the country’s abundant sunlight, as it seeks $109bn in investment to fire up its solar energy sector. A total of $136bn was invested worldwide in solar energy in 2011, underscoring the kingdom’s determination to develop its own industry.
The goal is to power about 30 per cent of the country's burgeoning energy needs by 2030.