Gallery: Desertec’s First Solar Power Plant to Begin Construction in Mo...


The Desertec Initiative announced two years ago its intentions to harness the power of the sun in the Sahara Desert. Now, the project is moving forward, with plans for the first construction to break ground in 2012. The 500-megawatt concentrated solar power plant (CSP) will cost a cool $2.8 billion and harness the power of the sun from the desert of Morocco. Desertec is a projected half-trillion dollar solar project that will occupy parts of the Sahara, the Middle East, and Europe. The potential for the project is great — if completed, it could produce enough electricity to meet 15-20 percent of Europe’s energy demand by 2050 while providing power to the Middle East and Northern Africa as well.

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  1. Robert Motzel April 4, 2014 at 1:27 am

    Americans only have one problem, Like most country\\\’s, The system\\\’s we are governed by are obsolete by far and we never put in place a mechanism for their dismantling should it arise. Our Governments follow a beaten path that only has one ending. Global war.

  2. gg123 June 21, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Too bad America is run by self serving crooks who are only interested in war and oppression.

  3. crama November 4, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    How ironic, that here in the US, we squandered (and continue to squander) trillions of dollars on illegal and inhumane unnecessary wars. What did we get for this money spent (that we mostly borrowed from foreign entities)? A wrecked economy. More income disparity. A country embroiled in continual wars, all during continual recession.

    Instead, had we had leadership (which we still are lacking in most of our federal “leaders”), we could have spent some of those trillions on building out the necessary energy system for this country based on carbonless renewables. All the technology is fully here to implement right now, right here. This would mean Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) in our desert states, which would also solve their potable water problem in the desert cities. Algae oil farms also in the desert, using sea water, to run the nations fleet of diesel trains and trucks. Wave and tidal power on the coasts, and large wind in the off shore west and east coasts as well as in the wind corridor from Texas to the Dakotas. This would bring full national employment. Fair living wages with benefits. And, the money saved by not buying fossil fuels from outside the country could fund a single payer national healthcare system. Medicare for all.

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