The Middle East
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Despite the Middle East’s reputation as the source of most of the world’s petroleum, many Middle Eastern nations are instituting progressive clean energy policies to meet growing energy demands. Additionally, the IEA is conducting studies for a large-scale solar panel field in the Negev Dessert to provide surrounding countries with electric power.
Saudi Arabia is seeking to diversify its energy resources, with the core thrust of its clean energy policy being to take advantage of the desert’s long sunlight hours with solar power plants.
In Turkey, a Shosha has delivered steam turbines that are being used in the Middle East’s largest geothermal power plant. Turkey plans to further tap into its geothermal energy potential, with renewable energy policies activated with a goal of increasing geothermal power output by 6 times, for a total of 550,000 kW by 2015.
Electric power demand in Kuwait has been steadily rising by about 8% per year, to the point that now the country has turned to importing LNG to meet summertime peak demand. To help meet demand domestically, Kuwait has introduced a plan to provide 10% of its electric power via renewable methods – a rate that would make it the largest renewable energy user in the Gulf. The plan contains policies that aim to replace current output methods with solar power. Japanese Shosha previously conducted a feasibility study for a combined cycle solar power plant (essentially a combination solar/gas power plant) in Kuwait’s Al Abdaliyah region. The results of that study are currently being touted by the Kuwaiti government.