Riyadh’s renewables unit has shortlisted companies to develop 700MW of solar and wind capacity. The tender brings impetus to a previously floundering renewables program.

The Renewable Energy Project Development Office (Repdo) of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Energy has shortlisted qualified companies for round one of a renewables program targeting 3.45GW of capacity by 2020 and 9.5GW by 2030.

Repdo has qualified 27 companies for a 300MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project and 24 for a...