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Solar energy potentials and benefits in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries: a review of substantial issues.

Mas'ud, Abdullahi Abubakar; Wirba, Asan Vernyuy; Alshammari, Saud J.; Muhammad-Sukki, Firdaus; Abdullahi, Mu'azu Mohammed; Albarrac�n, Ricardo; Hoq, Mohammed Ziaul


Abdullahi Abubakar Mas'ud

Asan Vernyuy Wirba

Saud J. Alshammari

Firdaus Muhammad-Sukki

Mu'azu Mohammed Abdullahi

Ricardo Albarrac�n

Mohammed Ziaul Hoq


It is a well-known fact that the fossil fuel industry has dominated the economy of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries during the last few decades. However, recent developments show that most of the GCC countries plan to increase the share of renewable energy (RE) in their future electrical power production. To ensure realistic increase in the share of RE in the production of electricity in the future, firm policies must be laid down with the objective to promote and market the benefit of RE to their citizens. Due to the high-solar radiation in the GCC region, the focus is now on solar energy development. This paper presents an up-to-date review of the progress made on solar energy in the GCC together with the challenges and the way forward. Some of the challenges and barriers hindering the development of RE in the GCC are in the area of technological know-how, policy development, and insufficient application of RE technology integrated in the buildings among others. Areas of improvement include promoting research and development, public/private initiatives, legislation and regulatory framework, solutions to technical issues and exchange of knowledge, scientific advice, and last but not the least is the issue of building integration with RE.


MAS'UD, A.A., WIRBA, A.V., ALSHAMMARI, S.J., MUHAMMAD-SUKKI, F., ABDULLAHI, M.M., ALBARRACIN, R. and HOQ, M.Z. 2018. Solar energy potentials and benefits in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries: a review of substantial issues. Energies [online], 11(2), article number 372. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 20, 2018
Online Publication Date Feb 5, 2018
Publication Date Feb 28, 2018
Deposit Date Feb 8, 2018
Publicly Available Date Feb 8, 2018
Journal Energies
Electronic ISSN 1996-1073
Publisher MDPI
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Issue 2
Article Number 372
Keywords Renewable energy; Solar energy; GCC
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