Spain delays plan to feed African solar power to Europe

Engineering News 7 November 2012.

BERLIN  – Desertec, the world’s most ambitious solar power initiative, said on Wednesday that partner Spain was holding up its first concrete deal to feed solar power from northern Africa to Europe.

The consortium of 57 partners from 16 countries, had hoped to announce an agreement to build a 500-megawatt (MW) solar power plant in Morocco at a conference in Berlin but Spain’s reservations highlighted the complexities of the initiative.

Desertec Chief Executive Paul van Son declined to go into detail on Spain’s reservations but said he was confident the government would be convinced soon. The power would be fed into the Spanish grid via underwater cables from northern Africa…

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