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Foreign firms shortlisted for Saudi green energy

RIYADH: Companies from France and Japan were among 51 firms shortlisted on Monday to bid for solar and wind energy projects in Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest oil exporter. Virtually all of the kingdom's domestic power currently comes from crude, refined oil or natural gas. But as part of an economic reform plan to wean the kingdom off oil, the government has set a target of 9.5 GW of renewable energy by 2023. It invited local and international firms to try to qualify for bidding on two projects, a 300 MW solar…