Riyadh’s energy ministry is firing up the kingdom’s slow-moving renewables program. Key to faster progress will be a dedicated ministry unit overseen by the main stakeholders.

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih says the ministry’s National Renewable Energy Program (NREP) unit will issue a request for qualification on 20 February for 700MW of solar and wind power capacity.

The tender will cover 300MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity to be built at Sakaka in the...