Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) has begun technical studies into generating electricity from renewables sources, including a project to identify sites throughout the kingdom which are suitable for solar power plants.

SEC CEO Ziyad al-Shiha says the company’s board has approved an initiative to develop solar and wind projects with a combined capacity of 300MW. These will save the equivalent of 25.5mn barrels of fuel oil through their 25-year operational life, he says. Mr Shiha listed...