Shams 1 Concentrating Solar Power features a dry-cooling system that significantly reduces water consumption - a critical advantage in the arid desert.
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has welcomed the activation of the world’s largest operational Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) facility to date.
This Global Atlas is the largest initiative of its kind to date, and is intended to help countries and corporations to determine the potential for renewable resources worldwide.
Concentrating solar power, in which mirrors focus light over a large area into a central generator, has seen costs drop to as little as USD 0.14/kWh.
Saudi Arabia announced an ambitious target of 41GW solar capacity by 2030, with a technology split of 25GW concentrated solar power (CSP) and 16GW photovoltaics.
The Global Atlas for Solar Power and Wind Energy is an initiative of the Department for Energy and Climate Change at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on behalf of Irena.
The analysis covers solar energy photovoltaics (PV), concentrating solar power (CSP), wind power, hydropower and biomass for power generation.