Dr. Al-Kasabi: Standard Specifications Enhance Renewable Energy Role in Supporting Economic Development Programs in the Kingdom
Dr. Sa'ad bin Othman Al-Kasabi, the Governor of SASO, said SASO will work in cooperation with King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE), to draw up and develop standards and technical regulations regarding Renewable Energy in a way that ensures the enhancement of renewable and alternative energy's role in supporting current economic development in the Kingdom. This came on the sidelines of signing a cooperation and partnership agreement between SASO and KACARE.
SASO's Governor expressed his hope that this agreement would boost the kingdom's efforts towards the diversification of energy sources and relying on renewable and alternative energy, as one of the scientific solutions and options. He pointed out that the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques was keen to benefit from alternative and renewable energy, through the use of modern technology, believing in the important role of this energy and its positive impact in maintaining the health and safety of humans and environment, in addition to contributing to providing energy alternatives for the best interest of the Kingdom and the development of plans and programs.
Dr. Al-Kasabi also pointed out that SASO has issued more than 6,000 Saudi standards and technical regulations in the electro- technical sector, in order to provide the requirements of security and safety and maintain the health and safety of consumers.
For his part, KACARE's Vice-President Dr. Waleed Abulfaraj said that the agreement stems from KACARE's interest in enhancing partnership with SASO to develop and prepare Saudi standards and technical regulations concerning Renewable Energy in a manner that should be in the best interest of the public. The agreement crowns the ongoing efforts exerted by both SASO and KACARE, which have lastly succeeded in laying down performance standards for photoelectric panels.
Dr. Waleed Abulfaraj indicated that the approach of the Kingdom, represented by KACARE, confirms the importance of utilizing alternative but reliable sources for power generation and water desalination by employing various uses of atomic and renewable energy. The overall target is to preserve the Kingdom's hydrocarbon resources for future generations.
The agreement aims at enhancing fields and frameworks of cooperation and coordination between KACARE and SASO to set necessary plans to develop and prepare Saudi standards and technical regulations concerning Renewable Energy, through which disseminating useful educational information about the application of Saudi standards and technical regulations is promoted in addition to disseminating the concept of quality culture, raising consumer's awareness, and enhancing the competitiveness of the national economy in accordance with scientific and knowledgeable principles.