King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) has given solar energy research and technology development great interest and attention as they represent prominent importance for the future economic and social development in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. KACST’s activities in the area of solar energy research represent the core foundation of these activities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where they date back to 1980s. Building solar village research labs near Riyadh was a model and an important achievement at the level of applied science research locally, regionally, and internationally where specialists in these labs work on the development of new energy systems in general, and solar energy in particular, in addition to the area of energy conservation by utilizing the latest technologies available. Many of recent and proposed projects will be discussed in the presentation.


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  • Received: 05 February 2012
  • Accepted: 13 March 2012
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