Publication - Renewable Energy Market Analysis: GCC 2019
This report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) explores the prospects for renewables to diversify both national economies and the combined GCC energy mix, while also helping the region meet climate commitments and contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Abundant resources, together with strong enabling frameworks have led to solar PV prices of below 3 cents (USD 0.03) per kilowatt hour and dispatchable concentrated solar power (CSP) of 7.3 cents per kilowatt hour, which is less than some utilities in the region pay for natural gas.Wealth and socio-economic development across the GCC remain closely tied to the region’s substantial oil and gas reserves. Yet rising populations and economic diversification have led to greater energy demand. Renewables, although a relatively recent entrant to the GCC energy landscape, hold vast potential to cut fuel costs, reduce carbon emissions, conserve scarce water and create jobs.