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New impetus for European links could boost North African renewables

The inauguration by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and his French counterpart Manuel Valls on 23 February of a strategically important electricity interconnection raises the prospect that North African renewable energy producers could eventually supply Western Europe. Despite the Desertec Industrial Initiative’s failure, a number of developers are still planning projects that could export solar power from North Africa to European Union (EU) markets; these include UK-based Tunur, which has plans for concentrated solar power in Tunisia.

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