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Where is the headquarters of King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy located?Question (1)
Saudi Arabia, Riyadh City, Olaya Street, AlAkaria Plaza.
Postal Code 2022, Riyadh 11451


When was K.A.CARE established?Question (2)
King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy was established in 1431H - 2010 and is located in Riyadh. Saudi Arabia.Answer


Is K.A.CARE an independent entity with a corporate personality?Question (3)
King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy is a scientific, research and governmental entity with an independent corporate personality. Its board of directors is headed by the Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources. It handles the affairs of nuclear and renewable energy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and contributes to the sustainable development of the energy sector in the Kingdom.Answer


How can I receive a copy of the latest annual K.A.CARE report?Question (4)
You can download a digital version of the annual report through the official website www.kacare.gov.sa (if the annual report is uploaded on the website)Answer


What business does K.A.CARE support?Question (5)

K.A.CARE supports many projects through several renewable energy programs, it provides financial support to the private sector for renewable energy technologies projects through the Technology Indigenization program. It also offer support by providing renewable energy data to companies, research centers and universities. K.A.CARE supports building human cadres in the renewable energy sector by sponsoring several academic and training programs in this field. Furthermore, K.A.CARE promotes diversification of energy sources instead of relying entirely on oil and its derivatives in the production of energy, which maximizes the temporal exploitation of oil resources and enables electricity-saving. In addition to addressing the water scarcity in KSA through the expansion of the nuclear energy use to desalinate seawater, which will positively affect citizens and sectors, which generally include the fields of agriculture, industry and potable water.

These expected revenues from the National Atomic Energy Project will also create new and broad opportunities for education; training and employment, opportunities of an advanced technical nature, benefiting KSA and its citizens.



Can an individual citizen make a proposal of a business idea or project?Question (6)

Yes, individual citizens can submit their ideas or projects by contacting K.A.CARE via the contact page or by e-mail: Info@energy.gov.sa

K.A.CARE also welcomes all proposals and ideas that serve the its objectives and interests in the atomic energy sector, especially those promoting and supporting the national atomic energy project in KSA. Individuals can submit through official channels of contact such as the e-portal or official e-mail. All proposals and ideas submitted will be taken under consideration.



What is the procedure to apply for K.A.CARE projects?Question (7)
K.A.CARE is offering its own projects through "Etimad" platform for governmental tenders, and through this platform, any interested entity can apply to the projects offered. Interested entities can apply as well through the concerned channels by the Procurement Department within the support services sector or via K.A.CARE e-portal.Answer


How can I request and obtain solar energy data?Question (8)

Only registered Atlas users can download Atlas data and statistics done by monitoring and measuring renewable resources stations, by following two methods:

  • Method 1: Create a graph of a set of small sized data, then load the data to this graph by clicking on the "Geographic Maps" icon, and then click the "Graph" icon from the bar to the left of the page.
  • Method 2: Download complete databases for a certain period of time from a known set of stations, such as annual and monthly data; by following these steps: Start by clicking the "Data Options" icon and then click "Download Data", select the required data then follow the steps on the screen for uploading your data.


Atlas Portal: http://rratlas.energy.gov.sa/



What documents and procedures are required in order to obtain solar energy data?Question (9)
Registered users at the Atlas portal are required to add a brief description of the project and how data will be used when requesting data download. If the requested data are daily or hourly, the user required to sign the data usage agreement. In addition to sending a copy of the national identity or passport and proof of enrollment to an educational body if necessary.Answer


What is the mechanism to choose sites for building solar power plants and renewable energy plants?Question (10)

There are several criteria points that determine the ideal location for photovoltaic power plant:

  • Solar resources:

There should be enough solar radiation to build PV plants, and solar radiation monitoring stations should be built to assess solar energy resources. K.A.CARE has more than 47 solar monitoring stations distributed throughout KSA.

  • Available spac:.

There should be space for solar panels in accordance with the required power, for example: the 6-square-kilometer Sakaka Solar Project is producing 300 MW.

  • Local climate:

Energy production through solar panels requires a sunny climate continuously, as lack of solar radiance for a certain period may cause a decrease in energy production.

  • Terrain:

The production of energy through solar panels requires a level vast land and not between mountains that would block sunlight and reduce the production of energy.

  • Land use:

Building PV solar plants is based on low value if the developer does not own the land, the cost of purchase or lease needs to be considered by the developer.



What is K.A.CARE's role in the renewable energy industry?Question (11)

K.A.CARE plays an enabler role in the renewable energy sector in partnership with the related authorities through:

  • Renewable energy policies and legislation.
  • Standard specifications for renewable energy technologies.
  • Atlas of renewable energy data in the KSA.
  • Indigenization of renewable energy technologies.
  • Support research on new technologies in the field of renewable energy.
  • Represent KSA in the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and international conventions.
  • Build human capacity in the renewable energy field.
  • Contribute with the Office of Renewable Energy Projects Development to the renewable energy projects and added value chains, and enhance local content.


What is the role of K.A.CARE in the atomic energy industry?Question (12)
K.A.CARE aims to develop the atomic energy industry through a long-term program to establish nuclear power plants that would boost the local manufacturing rates in each new unit in accordance with a clear and binding plan. This will create a massive shift in the quality of the Saudi industry and its potentials, and will increase its competitiveness in international markets due to strict quality standards required in the nuclear components industry, which will be applied on the non-nuclear components industry produced by the same factories. The nuclear power program is expected to create a large number of employment opportunities by indigenizing the value chain of nuclear energy through direct employment in the field of manufacturing, maintenance and nuclear power plants.Answer


How can I apply for a job in K.A.CARE?Question (13)
In case of vacancies, it will be announced on the official website, the announcement will include the conditions, qualification, and years of experience required. Applicants can apply for vacancies that suit their experience and qualifications.Answer


What is the relation between K.A.CARE and the Office of Renewable Energy Projects in the ministry?Question (14)
King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy and the Office of Renewable Energy Projects Development are all key players within the energy sector in KSA. K.A.CARE provides data, indigenize technologies, and develop human capacity to enable renewable energy to contribute effectively to the national energy mix, while the Office of Renewable Energy Projects is the executive arm to propose, evaluate and approve tenders for large renewable energy projects.Answer




What is K.A.CARE's relation to renewable energy projects that have been announced by the Office of Renewable Energy Projects?Question (15)
Providing land measurement data to the Office of Renewable Energy Projects to identify the best locations for building projects, as well as sharing statistical data that helps in identifying the best techniques suitable for projects with production capacity.Answer


When will the first nuclear reactor be built in KSA?Question (16)
Construction and operation plans for the first plant of the two nuclear reactors are currently under construction and are within the second phase of the project to build the first nuclear power plant in KSA. In the first phase, all suppliers were requested to provide all available options in terms of the construction and operation plans. After being evaluated by the K.A.CARE team in cooperation with international competencies and expertise, they will discuss, in detail, and negotiate the best solution with suppliers nominated for the second phase and the time frames to build and operate the first nuclear power plant in the Kingdom.Answer


Question (17)How can I install renewable energy applications at home?

The Small-Scale Solar PV Regulations document, approved by the Board of Directors of the Electricity and Co-Generation Regulatory Authority, issued the administrative decision No. (182) dated 04-11-1438H, specifying the regulatory requirements related to Small-scale PV Solar Systems that are in link with the distribution system in Saudi Arabia, which required using net measurement of energy consumed in the connected building, excess power, and exported power to the electricity distribution network.

According to Article (8) of the regulation, the process of requesting solar PV systems installment can be divided into four main steps:

  • Step 1: Choose a contractor / consultant of photovoltaic solar systems.
  • Step 2: Preliminary inquiry about solar photovoltaic by submitting the application form according to Annex (1) in the organization to the distribution service provider (Saudi Electricity Company in all the cities, and MARAFIQ in Yanbu.)
  • Step 3: Design approval.
  • Step 4: Examination and Operation.


Details about the organization can be found on the Electricity & Co-Generation Regulatory Authority website: (https://www.ecra.gov.sa/en-sa/ECRARegulations/Regulations/Pages/Regulations.aspx).



Does K.A.CARE play an executive or research role?Question (18)

K.A.CARE conducts research and demonstration activities to serve sustainable development and present recommendations on renewable energy and atomic energy at a national level. It plays a key role in planning the introduction of nuclear (for peaceful purposes) and renewable energy technologies in KSA, including participation in the preparation of the National Strategy in creating a balanced and sustainable national energy mix, and developing the plans for its implementation. In addition, K.A.CARE supports programs and research and scientific partnerships in this context, and improves the necessary human capacities in the nuclear and renewable energy sectors, as well as indigenization of industrial products resulted in this context.  

K.A.CARE seeks to coordinate with its partners from the governmental agencies, scientific institutions and applied research centers to exchange information and experiences, as well as to establish partnerships through scientific cooperation between KSA and international scientific institutions. K.A.CARE is working on proposing a national policy for nuclear and renewable energy and implementing the necessary strategic plan, in addition to establishing and managing projects to achieve its independent objectives with the relevant parties inside and outside the country. Moreover, K.A.CARE is aiming to establish projects to generate electricity from nuclear and renewable energy, build research and development centers to achieve a sustainable national energy mix, and introduce new sources of energy to contribute in the sustainable development and to support the national economy.