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Majid Al-Refae is the chief commercial officer (CCO) of Saudi Arabian solar panel manufacturer Desert Technologies. He highlights in an interview how the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has made great strides in exporting solar cells through various programs that support Saudi producers and allow the export of solar panels all over the globe.
Majid Al-Refae explains that programs like the Saudi Export-Import Bank, Made in Saudi, the Saudi National Companies Leadership, and the Saudi Development Fund which are all led by the Saudi Export Development Authority make the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s products and services an attractive and prominent choice at both the local and international levels.
Majid Al Refae revealed that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has established its priorities for green power generation. Majid Al Refae said that the sector’s institutions and companies are being driven towards achieving key goals and expanding their businesses to the next stage.
Exporting solar panels made in Saudi Arabia not only creates more jobs but also helps to grow the country’s GDP, which is one key objective of the Vision 2030 National Transformation Program of Saudi Arabia. Exporting solar panels will help advance the Saudi Green Initiative, which combines energy transformation, environmental protection, and sustainability programs in order to create a sustainable future.
Desert Technologies has signed agreements to supply panels for renewable energy projects to Greece and Germany and is the first Saudi company and factory to produce and export solar panels.
Majid Al-Refae stated to Asharq Al-Awsat that “We, as a specialist company, had the privilege to cooperate with the National Companies Leadership Program (NCP) and the Import-Export Bank to sign agreements for the export of solar panels to Europe and Africa.”
Desert Technologies, in collaboration with the Saudi Energy Ministry, has plans to meet the Saudi Arabian market’s needs. This includes the construction of solar power plants that have a capacity of more than 2 megawatts to serve citizens and large consumers in their homes and facilities. In 2022, any surplus would then be exported to the public electricity network.
Majid Al Refae stated that the Saudi market has the highest demand for solar products. The demand for solar products is rising with new cities like Neom.
Majid Al-Refae said, “Our plan is compatible with the Energy Ministry and works to provide the Kingdom’s market needs of solar energy products. The residential sector in the Kingdom constitutes more than 50% of the market size. We are working to contribute to the realization of plans aimed at expanding the use of solar energy at the commercial and residential levels.”