The 10 Megawatts Photovoltaic Carport System is situated at the recently built North Park offices of Saudi Aramco in Dhahran and covers all of the 4,500 parking spaces.
The solar power system was designed to meet the total power demand of Al-Midra Tower of Saudi Aramco. More than 120,000 photovoltaic panels supplied by the Japanese Thin Film Leader Solar Frontier (Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K.) were laid over the parking areas to serve as parking shades and to produce clean power.
According to government officials, solar energy was part of a $100 billion spending drive planned by Saudi Arabia in 2011 to reduce the oil it uses to generate electricity.