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Riyadh: Saudi Aramco’s President and CEO Khalid A. Al-Falih has inaugurated 3.5 megawatt solar energy field in Riyadh on Dec. 25, 2012, according to a report in Gulf Today in its issue dated Jan. 17. The energy field spread over 55,000 square metres, has been installed by King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre. It will feed into the Saudi central grid 5800 megawatt hours of electrical energy annually. The field uses 12,684 fixed-angle polycrastalline PV panels provided by Suntech with 14.4% efficiency and maximum power of 280 watts at standard test conditions, the report quoted. The feed will offset carbon emission by about 4900 tons every year.