A consortium of 20 blue chip German firms has thrown its weight behind the gigantic Desertec Sahara solar plan. A new study helps explain why: The mega project could help spawn 240,000 new green jobs in Germany and deliver up to $2 trillion in profits to companies by 2050, according to the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy. Desertec was launched in 2007 by the German association of the Club of Rome. Its architects seek to spread a supergrid of concentrating solar thermal plants (CSP) across a 6,500 square-mile stretch of North African desert to eventually power most of Europe. See full article.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Employment Impact of Proposed Sahara Solar Project: 240,000 Green Jobs
The Desertec project would cover a Masachusetts-sized area of the Sahara with solar panels. New estimates are it will also generate 240,000 new green jobs in Germany.