Enel Green Power participates in international events for the development of the Mediterranean area, witnessing the commitment of the Group, which is a founding member of the Desertec and Res4Med projects.
DESERTEC demonstrates a way to provide climate protection, energy security and development by generating sustainable power from the sites where renewable sources of energy are at their most abundant.
The business case for a Desertec Reference Project, prepared by Dii and the Moroccan Solar Agency Masen, has been extensively discussed for the past two years with Spanish companies.
The aim of the world’s most ambitious solar power plan is for Europe to import up to a fifth of its electricity from solar and wind farms in the region by 2050.
In 2011, additions to renewable energy capacity included 41GW of new wind power capacity, 28GW of PV, 25GW of hydropower, 6GW of biomass, 0.5GW of concentrated solar power (CSP) and 0.1GW of geothermal energy.
Media reports have indicated a big interest of companies globally to invest in a European-African renewables project called Desertec.
Since last year’s nuclear accident in Fukushima, Japan has established the legal frameworks for an accelerated domestic transition to renewables.
The newspaper said Germany, France, Italy and Spain were party to the talks with Morocco.
There is vast solar energy potential in the MENA region with 35 of the most successful projects underway being concentrated solar power plants.
In a 2008 study, the Center for Global Development reported that solar power in MENA has the potential of meeting 50 to 70 percent of global electricity demand.
The potential impact Desertec and other projects could have on the North African region and on Europe’s energy mix is significant.
Project to supply solar power to Europe from North African deserts.
The Middle East and North Africa are ripe for renewable energy investment, particularly in the solar energy sector and specifically in terms of concentrated solar power, CSP.