British renewables firms are preparing to compete for a multi-million dollar windfall by snapping up contracts to develop wind, solar and power storage projects in Saudi Arabia through the kingdom’s $50bn renewables drive. Within weeks the world’s largest producer of oil will launch a tender process for an ambitious renewable energy program which is expected to involve investment of between $30bn and $50bn by 2023 to help kick its addiction to fossil fuels. The Saudis are planning to shift their power sector towards renewables, which is less expensive than its oil-burning power plants, in order to meet its rocketing demand for power which is increasing at a rate of 8pc every year. Already UK renewable energy firms are preparing to compete for a share of the funding pot in what could prove a crucial test of the sector’s ability to export world-leading technology and skills. Solar developers including Lightsource Energy, RES and Solar Century are expected to be first in line for a multi-million dollar Saudi windfall, and the Telegraph understands that a raft of energy storage, engineering and software firms are also preparing to take part in the tender.
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