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Switching from oil to solar energy in Saudi Arabia

The New York Times have recently published an article titled “From Oil to Solar: Saudi Arabia Plots a Shift to Renewables. In all of its life, Saudi Arabia has oil that is pumped throughout the kingdom. The oil that is pumped made a lot of money that paid for not only malls and towers, but also employs Saudi workers in the government sector. However, Saudi Arabia wants something new to use as a natural resource. That natural resource they want to use is sunlight, or solar energy. The world’s largest oil exporter was beginning to expand its economy and recover its growth, to the point by plunging money into renewable energy. The Saudi government’s mission was to not only mold its energy, but also come up as a global force in clean power. A Saudi Arabian energy company, ACWA Power, were asked to build a solar to generate enough electricity to power up many homes. According to Turki al-Shehri, the head of the kingdom’s renewable energy program, it will cost a lot of money to do this. Saudi Arabia hopes to invest up to $7 billion to grow seven new power plants and a big wind farm by the end of the year. The country also hopes that the renewables will be able to give up to 10 percent of its power generatio by the end of the year 2023.

The author hopes to grab the attention of the audience who are interested in renewable energy. The article is quite interesting to say the least. Saudi Arabia is planning to use a natural resource that can never be depleted. I remember when I was in second grade, my teacher would teach the class about renewable energy. She would make us cook hot dogs with a shoebox, aluminum foil, black construction paper, and energy from the sun.

For the reliability of the article, I would find this to be really reliable source. It has the contact information of the author, some quotations, little to no advertisements, and statistics from a website. However, it should improve on providing more links to this article. When I finished reading the article, it looked like there was no biases. To conclude this, it is a reliable source.

Reed, Stanley. “From Oil to Solar: Saudi Arabia Plots a Shift to Renewables.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 5 Feb. 2018, www.nytimes.com/2018/02/05/business/energy-environment/saudi-arabia-solar-renewables.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fworld&action=click&contentCollection=world®ion=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=5&pgtype=sectionfront.

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