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Saudi Arabia – Future Kingdom of Solar?


“Will Saudi Arabia become a Kingdom of Solar?”

During Solar & Energy Storage Conference in Dubai, we had an opportunity to speak to Abdulmohsin Al Shoaibi, Chairman, Saudi Arabia Solar Industry Association (SASIA) who updated us on the current status and perspective of the solar business in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

You will learn it from this exciting interview with Abdulmohsin who also served as the Executive Manager of Solar Arabia Co. Limited (formerly known as BP Solar Arabia Co. Ltd), which specializes in every aspect of Photovoltaic (PV) solar modules, including assembly and development, design, engineering, system sizing, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of fully-integrated solar power systems. With more than 25 years of industry experience, his expertise ranges from administration, strategic planning, operations and project management to marketing and business development. In 2013, the Middle East Solar Awards honored him with its first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Shoaibi holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toledo, USA. He is the Managing Partner in DarSolar (darsolar.com), a full-service solar development company based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Forbes Middle East has named DarSolar Managing Partner Abdulmohsin Mohammad Al Shoaibi #35 in their list of the top 100 “Leaders Inspiring A Kingdom in the Business World.” Mr. Al Shoaibi was honored for his work in alternative energy. “Whilst corporate powerhouses form a solid pillar of the Kingdom’s economic success, it is the visionary self-starters who have the power to initiate change and contribute to the Saudi Arabia of tomorrow,” the publication writes.

More about about SASIA
Abundant solar potential gives the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) a unique opportunity to become one of the most energy-advantaged countries in the world. The Saudi Arabia Solar Industry Association (SASIA) is a non-governmental association that strives to make this vision a reality by helping Saudi Arabia and the Middle East realize the full economic and environmental potential of solar energy.

SASIA’s goal is to bring the national and regional solar industry together, transforming the vast solar potential of Saudi Arabia and the Middle East into a commercially- and environmentally-viable solution for our growing demand for electricity.

SASIA’s aims to:
Create new business opportunities for its members through face-to-face meetings, workshops and lectures.
Expand the use of all solar technologies at both the national and regional level, helping to keep pace with the Kingdom’s rapidly growing demand for electricity.
Create employment opportunities in the solar industry throughout Saudi Arabia and across the Middle East, developing sustainable expertise within the KSA and reducing the need for foreign labour.
Offer assistance to international solar companies who are contemplating investment in Saudi Arabia and the MENA region.
Assist policy makers on matters related to solar policies, standards, and product certifications by making accurate, world-class information on the regional solar industry available in the form of white papers and research reports.
Provide a single voice for the industry-a voice of Saudis for the benefit of Saudis.

Members of the Saudi Arabia Solar Industry Association are drawn from all sectors of the solar industry, including photovoltaics (PV), concentrated photovoltaics (CPV), concentrated solar power (CSP), and solar thermal. Membership is also open to suppliers to the solar industry such as glass, steel, and engineering companies.SASIA provides its members with services such as educational workshops, networking functions, and special reports on breakthrough solar innovations.
SASIA provides assistance to international companies seeking to expand solar operations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Middle East. The association is currently working on initiatives that bring together leaders from the policy sector, academia, and the private sector.