Gallery: Solar Energy from Sahara Will Be Imported To Europe Within 5 Y...


If just one percent of the Saharan Desert were covered in concentrating solar panels it would create enough energy to power the entire world. That’s a powerful number, and the European Union has decided to jump on their proximity to the Sahara in order to reap some benefits from the untapped solar energy beaming down on Northern Africa. Just yesterday, European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger announced that Europe will start importing solar energy from the Sahara within the next five years. The news comes after the Desertec Initiative was announced last year, which sets a long-term plan of about 40 years.

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  1. E. Chavot-Dupin November 20, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    That’s a brilliant project ! Great BUT the European Union decides and what about the African countries involved ? Where will be the benefit for those countries where you the plants will be located ? What part of the production will go for Africa ? What will be done – and avoid please the fallacious argument “we are creating employments” – for those countries accommodating the plants on their soil ?
    As usual ? AFRICA THE FORGOTTEN CONTINENT except when Europe and other continents can rip off their minerals and resources to their benefit !!!
    Will it be a FAIR or equitable project ? What are the compensation offered ?
    E. Chavot-Dupin
    African Continent Kingdoms Federation

  2. Africa's Biggest Windfa... June 28, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    […] project’s final cost will be $3 billion. This project is being built concurrently with the Desertec initiative, which is populating a portion of the Saharan desert with solar panels in order to […]

  3. davidwayneosedach June 24, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    How many trillions would it cost to cover just one percent of the Sahara with solar power? More trillions that are on earth?

  4. shotputsteve June 22, 2010 at 2:44 am

    The solar power plants located in the Sahara are in fact Concentrated Solar THERMAL plants (i.e. parabolic trough and central tower), not photovoltaic. This was chosen due to their ability for thermal storage and night time power generation.

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