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Saudi Arabia is planning to build the world’s largest solar power plant

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It’s really, really big

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A 700MW PV Plant in Ningxia, China.
David Sanchez via Electrek

Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s biggest exporters of oil and natural gas. Now, the country is in talks to develop the world’s largest solar power plant. Mohammed Bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia and SoftBank have entered an agreement to develop a $200 billion solar power plant that’s anticipated to be up and fully running by 2030.

The proposed plant would generate 200 gigawatts of solar power, which is approximately double the amount of solar energy produced globally last year and more than 100 times as large as the new next biggest solar plant project, according to Bloomberg. The plan is to build the plant in Saudi Arabia’s vast desert, which gets above-average amounts of sunshine.

Though it’s still in the planning phase, proponents of the plan are already boasting about its value, which would reportedly generate more than 100,000 jobs. No telling how large a solar power plant of this size would be, but some estimate it could stretch for an area larger than most big cities. Stay tuned.

Via: Bloomberg