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Kuwait sets Gulf’s most ambitious renewables target

Kuwait has unveiled the most ambitious renewable energy targets of any country in the Gulf.

It plans to generate 10 per cent of its electricity from renewables by 2020, even though the country currently has only one wind turbine and no solar plants.

This target beats by some way the previous most ambitious renewable goal in the region, the 7 per cent set by Abu Dhabi, home to flagship renewable city Masdar.

Eyad Ali al-Falah, assistant undersecretary for technical services at Kuwait’s ministry of electricity and water, conceded to news agency Bloomberg that “renewable energy is a new subject for Kuwait. That’s why there’s a lack of information regarding the suitability of renewables for our weather.”

But he added: “It’s a long process but I’m expecting 2014 or 2015 may witness the inception of these solar projects, and the wind turbines.”