Algeria Joins North African Coalition to Turn Sahara Into Immense Solar Farm
The Desertec Foundation likes to point out that only six hours’ worth of energy hitting the world’s deserts is enough to power everything on the planet. For a full year.
The group’s main focus is an ambitious plan to line the northern Sahara Desert with solar installations, and send much of the power back across the Mediterranean to Europe.
Recently, Algeria joined Morocco and Egypt as partners in the effort as it tries to transition toward a renewable future. Algeria wants to install 650 megawatts of solar energy by 2015, and a stunning 22 000 MW by 2030. Toward the end of 2011, the Algerian national utility Sonelgaz signed a memorandum of understanding with Desertec to export much of that solar output, and now the country is looking to really start building it.
The energy engineering subsidiary of Sonelgaz, CEEG, has started accepting tender bids to build various solar and wind projects; Forbes reports this is part of an ongoing effort to diversify an energy portfolio that has seen steadily declining production of oil and gas in recent years.
(via Algeria Joining North African March Toward Solar Power - IEEE Spectrum)