Within the next few years, Europe will start getting clean energy from Africa.
Reuters reports that the European Union’s ambitious Desertec project (that we first reported on here) which aims to provide Europe with solar-generated electricity from North Africa will start importing the first batch of electricity within the next 5 years. The EU and several European companies are building solar projects in the Sahara Desert to convert its abundant sunlight into electricity for power-strapped Europe to help meet its objectives of deriving 20 percent of its energy from renewable sources by the year 2020.
European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger informed Reuters that some of the solar models will start bringing some hundreds of megawatts to the European market in the next 5 years, while the capacity will reach hundreds of gigawatts over the next 20 to 40 years.
The electricity will be transmitted via new inter-connector cables which are being constructed under the Mediterranean Sea.