Solar Energy Bound For Europe Via Tunisia

Solar energy developer, Nur Energie, has been working on developing a utility-scale solar power plant in the North African country of Tunisia for a couple of years and now, according to the company, it has reached a milestone that brings its plans to export solar energy from Tunisia closer to reality.

Nur Energie says that it has worked out technical details with Italian high-voltage transmission network operator, Terna, to lay a transmission line between Tunisia and Italy to accommodate an estimated 2000 megawatts of clean energy generated electricity.

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The project involves laying a sub-marine high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) power cable across the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa directly into Italy’s power grid. From there, the power can further be distributed to neighboring European countries.

The political situation in Tunisia is generally considered unstable, and has worsened in recent months but Dr. Till Stenzel, chief operating officer of Nur Energie, indicated that the solar power project and its connection to the European grid will help Tunisia to diversify its economy and bring investment to help create jobs in the country. “The recent G8 summit highlighted the commitment of the world’s largest economies to support the emerging democracies in North Africa,” said Stenzel.

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  • This a great news for Tunisia. Solar Power is the future of energy in the world

  • Nothing is mentioned about Tunisia’s access to the power being generated. Will all the power be shipped to Europe while Tunisians get some short term construction jobs and get a few jobs long term jobs cleaning solar cells? Does Tunisia get electricity or is this just another case of Africa’s national resources being shipped to Europe?