Europe's Plan to Turn Sahara into Solar Power Source

Significant interest and investment has descended on a plan to create vast solar power plants in the Sahara Desert to power Europe, but the challenges are great, says Reuters.
August 28, 2009, 5am PDT | Tim Halbur
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Reuters reports that at least 20 high-voltage cables would need to be strung under the ocean, at $1 billion a pop.

Bradford Plumer at The New Republic comments, "Then consider that Morocco and Algeria, two prime sites for the CSP plants, would have to coordinate their efforts for the project to work-a tough nut to crack given that the border between the two nations is currently shut, due to a dispute over Western Sahara. There's also the lesser risk of "Al Qaeda-aligned rebels" in Algeria."

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Published on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 in The New Republic
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