Saudi Arabia intends to build five solar facilities by the end of 2015 as part of its strategy to produce electricity from eco-friendly sources.

The solar power facilities have received all the necessary approvals for construction and will be built by the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE).

Saudi Gazette quoting a KACARE source reported that a request had come from the Saudi Electricity Company to set up five stations, one each at Qaisomah in Eastern Province, Rafha in Northern Borders, Wadi Al-Dawaser in Riyadh, Mahd Al-Dahab in Madinah and Sharourah in Najran.

The source was quoted by the publication as saying: "KACARE has conducted detailed studies for the integration of renewable energy electricity generating power stations with SEC network to ensure the continuity of power supply, and the experiment will be applies to other cities as needed by SEC."

Lands have been allocated for the facilities and KACARE expects to begin receiving construction bids shortly.

KACARE has also speeding-up construction of the country’s first nuclear plant, which is intended for generation of power.

In 2013, Saudi announced its plans to establish 17 nuclear plants for over $100bn by 2030.

In line with its aim to generate power from alternative sources, the kingdom announced its plans to produce electricity from a landfill in Jeddah.

Recently, KACARE inked an agreement with Jeddah Company for Development and Urbanization for the generation of up to 10MW power from the landfill site.

This project is likely to go on stream in 2015.

Image: Saudi Arabia aims to generate electricity from alternative sources. Photo: courtesy of think4photop/