The Saudi Energy Ministry this week outlined plans for over 35 renewable energy parks with almost 60GW of capacity across the kingdom by 2030. The scale is eye-catching, nearly equivalent to current peak load.

The Renewable Energy Project Development Office (Repdo) of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Energy has provided further details on its massive 2030 renewables development plan. But plans to construct 60GW renewables by 2030 seem to contradict plans to increase the share of gas-fired...