One of the sunniest places in the world is taking a significant step into solar power. Saudi Arabia is building a 385-GWh power plant that will include 100 megawatts of solar power capacity.
The plant will be built in Mecca, a city that attracts millions of religious tourists every year.
Renewable Energy World reports that, in January 2013, the Saudi government will choose from at least 20 bidders for construction and operation of the facilities. The government has stipulated that solar will definitely be a part of the power plant, with wind and biomass as other possible renewable components.
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