Riyadh is advancing solar projects equivalent to six times tiny current capacity. Though slashing long-term renewables targets, adopting realistic rather than pie-in-the-sky goals indicates it is now much more serious about hitting them.

Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) has invited expressions of interest for the developments of two solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in the north of the kingdom. While their combined capacity is only 100MW – equivalent to 0.1% of Saudi Arabia’s...