Mena solar farms to power Europe underway

A decades-old dream to turn the sun-drenched Middle East and North Africa (Mena) into Europe’s giant solar farm refuses to die, and now may finally become a reality.

In June, Tunisia-based TuNur filed a request in the North African country to export 4.5 gigawatts (GW) of solar energy to Europe, enough to power 5 million homes or 7 million electric cars. TuNur is a joint venture between UK-based solar specialist Nur Energie, and a group of Tunisian and Maltese energy investors. 

“Today you have a market in need of low carbon dispatchable power, which has the mechanisms to import power from other countries,” says Daniel Rich, the chief operating officer at TuNur. “Next door is a region with extreme solar resource and in need for investment and development. Finally, there are technologies that can satisfy the demand at very competitive pricing and have a very high local impact.”

The National -UAE

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