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Quagmire in the Sahara Desertec's Promise of Solar Power for Europe Fades

As recently as three years ago, many thought that it was only a matter of time before solar thermal plants in North Africa supplied a significant portion of Europe's energy needs. But Desertec has hit a road block. Industrial backers are jumping ship, political will is tepid and a key pilot project has suddenly stalled.
Von Joel Stonington
The Desertec project envisions a significant portion of Europe's energy coming from solar thermal plants like this one.

The Desertec project envisions a significant portion of Europe's energy coming from solar thermal plants like this one.

REUTERS