Kuwait’s Oil Minister and Minister of Electricity and Water, Bakheet Al-Rashidi, said the plans to depend on alternative energy would be completed before 2030. He called for use of photoelectric panels to generate power in the new schools being set up in residential areas.
Eng Mohammad Bushehri, the undersecretary of the Ministry of Electricity and Water recently said that the authority had agreed with the Ministry of Public Works to commit contractors constructing the latter’s facilities to install photoelectric panels.
These panels will meet between 15% and 20% of each building’s power needs. However, the GCC will require $131bn worth of investment in various sectors including electricity generation, transmission, and distribution over the next five years to cope with increasing demand from population growth, climatic changes, and expanding economies. Kuwait requires the third-largest investment, with $8.4bn needed for generation and $5.2bn for transmission and distribution, followed by Oman at $6.8bn and $4.2bn respectively.
All the GCC nations have geared up their efforts to developing their alternative energy sources so as to reduce dependence on conventional energy sources including oil, diesel, and petrol.
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