The EU's glittering solar ambition

Germany's decision to avoid nuclear power has put in focus a dazzlingly ambitious plan to expand Europe's energy market into North Africa, with an array of giant solar and wind plants.

Germany's decision to abandon nuclear energy and dwindling domestic subsidies for renewables have stoked a dazzlingly ambitious plan to expand Europe's energy market into North Africa, with an array of giant solar and wind plants glinting in the desert sun.

Desertec, a German consortium set up in 2009, envisages Europe will import up to a fifth of its electricity from solar and wind parks in North Africa and the Middle East by 2050.

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