Desertec lowers export forecast

Paul van Son says European lack a sense of urgency

Paul van Son says European lack a sense of urgency

The Desertec Industrial Initiative (DII) has identified enormous potential for renewables in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), but tones down forecasts for exports to Europe.

MENA countries plan to build up to 50GW of wind, PV and concentrating solar power (CSP) by 2020, for which the DII study Desert Power: Getting Started has made concrete proposals on appropriate sites.

The region has a potential for more than 800GW of wind and solar across 40,000sq km, according to the study, which will be officially presented in Brussels today.

“The countries of North Africa and the Middle East will ultimately meet their rapidly growing electricity needs with renewable energy,” Desertec chief executive Paul van Son said at a Log in to read complete article.

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