World’s Largest Solar Thermal Heating System Online

Robert Kanduth, Managing Director and founder of GREENoneTEC, gave some sense of the scale of the project. In a statement, he said: “This plant has gigantic proportions – the surface is equivalent to about the size of 5 football pitches full of collectors.”

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In spite of its image as an oil-rich country, Saudi Arabia has in fact begun investing seriously in solar power.

Even though the country has a plentiful oil supply for now, the Saudi princes must realize that the supply is finite and with prices hiking all the time, it makes economic sense for them to reduce their dependency at home and export more of it abroad. The Saudis currently generate over 50 percent of their electricity by burning oil, which can consume up to an eighth of the country’s total oil output.

Mindful of the high levels of daylight sunshine the Kingdom gets, the Saudi’s have committed themselves to getting 10 percent of their energy from solar power by 2020.

Paul Willis has been journalist for a decade. Starting out in Northern England, from where he hails, he worked as a reporter on regional papers before graduating to the cut-throat world of London print media. On the way he spent a year as a correspondent in East Africa, writing about election fraud, drought and an Ethiopian version of American Idol. Since moving to America three years ago he has worked as a freelancer, working for CNN.com and major newspapers in Britain, Australia and North America. He writes on subjects as diverse as travel, media ethics and human evolution. He lives in New York where, in spite of the car fumes and the sometimes eccentric driving habits of the yellow cabs, he rides his bike everywhere.