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Table 1

Summary of solar PV development in the GCC countries [2].

Country Solar energy target share in total installed capacity Primary energy sources Maximum solar insolation (kWh/m2/year) Current operational solar projects Future projects
Bahrain 5% of all renewable including solar (2020) Oil, gas 2180 0.5 MW solar plant at the Bahrain University
5 MWp Bapco pilot plant
5 MW solar project at Al Dur power and water plant
Kuwait 1% in 2015, 10% by 2020 and 15% by 2030 Oil, gas 2200 See Table 1 in reference [2] 50 MW solar project across the country
UAE 7% of all renewables by 2020, 25% 2030 and 75% by 2050 Oil, gas 2285 See Table 2 in reference [2] 1000 MW Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park
Qatar 20% of all renewables with solar incorporated by 2030 and 15% solar by 2018 Oil, gas 2113 Establishment of solar PV manufacturing plant in Ras Lafin Stadiums with solar technology cooling for the football world Cup 2022; 1000 MW solar PV plant in Doha
Oman 10% by 2020 Oil, gas 2500 See Section 3.5 in reference [2] 300 kW solar project at Al Mazyonah-Dhofar; 1000 kW solar project in Haima, 28 kW PV and storage system at Al Mathfa-Dhofar; 100 kW PV in Hijji
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 54 GW from renewables including solar technology Oil, gas 2200 See Table 3 in reference [2] 1000 MW solar plant in Makkah; 10 MW Al-Khafji plant; 1.8 MW King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre

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