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Europe needs energy. Moroccan solar may be a clean solution.

By Michael Birnbaum

13 Apr 2023 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

Europe is looking to North Africa for solar energy to free itself from Russian energy sources and hit its ambitious climate goals. The interest is especially high in Morocco, according to the Post.

The abundant sun of northern Africa may soon power Europe's homes and businesses, as European leaders consider connecting massive North African solar projects to undersea power cables to free their continent from Russian energy.

The projects would take advantage of the climate quirk that one side of the Mediterranean is far drearier and cloudier than the other, although Europe and North Africa are geographically close. Abundant desert land also makes North African megaprojects far easier than in Europe, where open spaces tend to be agricultural or mountainous.

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